It's a trend I'm start to notice everywhere. It's seeping to the surface slowly but surely. It's 99% to do with me of course, but I suppose 1% can be attributed to the fact that more and more South Africans are learning how the internet is a brilliant way to avoid actual work and actually using it. The trend is this : People aree starting to bump back at the negative cynics !
Sure they had a pretty good run. Most normal South Africans were too busy living the good life to notice they evebn existed. But now they are on to the silly keyboard warriors who are spreading a ridiculous version of South Africa all over the inernet. And some of them are reading this gunk...looking out the window with a confused frown on their face, looking back , double checking out the window and saying..."Now wait a minute ....!..What bullshit !"
People like this Terrence..... (From homecoming revolution)
Over the last 6 months I've spent quite a lot of time browsing a variety of forums, two of which are in the title. After one or two posts myself and a number of responses to other posters asking for advice I suddenly saw the pattern, I saw through the bulls**t that a new & naive poster gets caught up in so easily.
The cycle is the same in almost every instance bar one or two small differences and basically goes as follows: Step 1 - A new vulnerable, weak and naive forum registrant asks for advice on moving to South Africa. This individual is either an expat looking to return or a foreigner looking for a new life/taking a business transfer for a few years. Boy they're in for a surprise.
Step 2 - An old forum poster (one with many posts under his/her respective belt which somehow comes across as a status symbol) pounces deftly on the new poster and starts asking innocuous questions about where they're looking to stay, what field they're in and what they expect. Nice calming questions. There is one particular poster who skips the nice stuff goes straight for the jugular by opening with "don't be stupid, it's a war zone. You're an idiot for even thinking about it" or something along those lines.
Step 3 - The remaining 4 old hands groove in surreptitiously to argue semantics about exactly how the crime and murder stats were collected and just how bad the war is back home without actually saying the word war once. Pretty impressive.
Step 4 - They continue to back each other and drown out the poor newbie and any other folk with positive things to say and the post runs dry, job's a good'un. The nay sayers win another virtual battle and sleep soundly.
Step 5 - The new poster feels completely unsatisfied, unfulfilled and a little defensive. Typically they never come back.Man alive, I just lost the will to live after trying to deal with this for a few months. I mean really, there's a saying about flogging a dead horse and I'll tell you that trying to be balanced on these forums is like flogging a dead horse while being cavity searched by a lumber jack.
It's incredibly unpleasant and extremely unrewarding. The thing that goes through my mind when thinking about this is that I hope the folk hitting these forums realize that the other 47 million people still in South Africa who aren't on the forum (and apparently aren't dead because I call home every week to say hi) seem to be living there in relative happiness. Yes there's crime, yes there's bad stuff and blah, blah, blah please oh please for crying out loud can you go sprout your defeatist trivia somewhere else you negative miserable f**kers.
The prize here is that the Homecoming Revolution is actually trying to do something positive, much in the same way SA Good News went against the grain and listed the good stuff that News24 (for instance) elected to ignore. Sure the good news doesn't roll over as quick as the bad but hell that's the same everywhere. There isn't one country out there that has news filled with roses and orgasms, it doesn't exist. Funny thing I noticed: News24 suddenly stopped much of the negativity and started listing good stuff over the last few months. Nice to see.
Here's another thing to think about this issue: there is no way 9.3 million black diamonds (quoted from some report) can be wrong. Add to this the remaining middle class population and you have a rough guestimate of 14 million middle class income earners. Even if that guess is out by a million or two that's a damn good portion of the population who are only interested in climbing the class ladder. Did that happen by accident? Did it happen overnight? No and we can thank Trevor for this. Is it going to go away suddenly? Tell me, would you give up your credit card, mortgage and nice BMW for some dancing idiots tribal beliefs?
I didn't think so.