Thought for the Day – 22 November 2018


Thought for the Day 22 November 2018

I’ve been watching and listening to our South African politicians again. And it seems to me that there are a number of them that believe that ignorance and stupidity can be masked by making more noise than anybody else.

If you think carefully you might be able to identify some of these. I caution you to beware of them because theirs is the self-serving politics of distraction. Their noise distracts you from their weaknesses, frailties, skeletons in the cupboard and personal agendas and tries to persuade you that some or other policy is wrong or some or other individual is corrupt or tainted or incompetent. Witness what is happening right now and tell me I’m wrong. Behind the noise is a motive, which I guarantee is not ‘for the good of the country’. It is for personal gain or personal advancement. I urge you to remember the old adage that ‘empty barrels make the most noise and these loud political barrels are no exception – they are empty and they are noisy. Avoid the noise and search for the truth. Beware of the noise because it isn’t based on reason or good information of facts or anything really. It is mostly just noise. But the trouble is, if you listen to that noise for long enough then you begin to believe, just because it’s noisy and it’s going on for a long time NOT because it’s true.

So my thought for the day is:

Do not listen to noisy politicians because they are trying to distract you away from the truth.

And remember, there is an election coming up. Expect the noise from these politicians to get even louder, then you must know that the distraction is at its height. Most of it will be the stuff inside of empty barrels – just a lot of hot air!    

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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