Thought for the Day – 16th October 2018


Thought for the Day 16 October 2018

Today I’d like to start my thought with a jingle I learnt as a kid and have never forgotten. It goes like this:

“He who knows not and knows that he knows not, he is a child, teach him.

He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, wake him.

He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool shun him.

He who knows and knows that he knows, he is a wise man follow him.”

So what’s the point?

Well, I have been watching the news for the past week or so and several stories have caught my attention. First is the Gauteng ANC provincial government announcing a plan to spend millions of Rands changing some street names, including William Nicol. Second is the DA in Gauteng making an issue out of the number of foreign nationals, who are in the province (and the country) without any papers. In the process they are blaming the ANC for creating ‘porous borders’. Third is the number of committees who are second guessing each other on key problem areas (Like State Capture) and never reaching a usable conclusion.

For example, in spite of a lot of noise about corruption, there hasn’t yet been a completed and satisfactory prosecution of any guilty party. Nobody is in jail for their crimes

All of this is supposed to reassure the citizens of this country that politicians and bureaucrats are taking action on the issues of the day. But none of this work is effective and some of it is pure distraction away from the key issues – creating jobs; providing housing and services to the poor, stimulating the economy, eradicating corruption forever and redirecting the money to real issues, streamlining government and civil service structures and making them more effective, Improving policing, safety and security and so on. What we have at the moment is the illusion of activity not real activity.

Real activity addresses real issues, in an effective and efficient manner, and produces real and lasting results to the benefit of the people of the nation. And it focuses on producing these results as quickly as possible.

So the point is, which line of the jingle is the most suitable description of the people who are perpetrating these illusions. Do they really know what they are doing? Do they really think they are doing really important things? Or do they think we don’t know that they are wasting time and money and avoiding the real issues? And which line best describes the majority of people in the country?

Truly, we need to know who the wise men are and who the fools are. We need to know who the children and the sleepers are. We need to know who to teach, who to wake, who to shun and who to follow.

If we don’t, we are just fools, who are following fools!.  

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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