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South Africans should never forget. It is our disunity that makes our unity. Whether we fully appreciate it or not, we still stand as a model for the world… …about how disunity can be overcome. Even if it leads to some of the same, we have also made massive strides. What we need to do is mature into this process and take pride. Politics aside. It is our duty to continue to build on this and not take our peace and relative stability for granted. Our destiny is in our own hands. There is no more Nelson Mandela to show the way, or on whose legacy we can ride. There is no-one to take his place. It is up to each individual to make the effort and to be the way he or she wants South Africa to be. We are not going back to where we have come…

When we explore folklore and mythology we realize that history is replete with symbols and images of cataclysm, disaster, wholesale destruction and apocalypse. Let’s consider the ancient and well known tale of Henny Penny also known as Chicken Little, found in many countries around the world. The phrase “The sky is falling!” originates from this fable. This idiom points to the mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. In Ireland the fable is aptly titled: The end of the world. The basic story line is about the protagonist believing the world is about to end and feels compelled to warn others about it, with the ensuing humorous and indeed disastrous results, but without the sky actually falling in the end or the world ending Another example can be found in the popular Asterix and Obelix books by Goscinny and Uderzo. The village chief, Vitalstatistix is a heroic and fearless warrior, but…