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Langs die R21 basuin ʼn reklamebord: #StaySA! ʼn Patriotiese opwelling ná die Wêreldbekersege. Ons sal verdomp vasskop ondanks als wat skeef en krom is. Ons hart klop warm vir ons land. Verskil van dié sentiment en jy klink soos ʼn landsverraaier …

Drie weke oor die feestyd in ʼn verre land waar tienduisende uitgewekenes woon, kan oogklappe loswikkel. Perth in Wes-Australië staan bekend as die Slapende Stad, omdat dit so rustig is. Die hitte is ʼn vuishou in die gesig. Op TV-nuus brand die ooste van die land – vlamme hoog soos wolkekrabbers. Fynkam die koerante en jy vind ʼn enkele misdaadberig: ʼn boemelaar is Oukersaand onder ʼn brug verwurg. Waar’s die mure, die tralies en lemdraad? Wonderbaarlik hoe skoon die strate is. Nêrens eens ʼn sigaretstompie nie. Mense hou by die padreëls en ʼn spoedbeperking van 80 km p.u. voel nie sieldodend stadig nie. Laatnag stap ʼn jong vrou onbesorg en veilig deur die middestad. Niemand hoef fooitjies vir flink kelners op te dok nie. Kragonderbrekings – wat is dit? Die polisie patrolleer in ongemerkte voertuie. ‘n Familielid verduidelik: “Dis ʼn nanny-state. Mense word opgepas. As jy stout is, land jy gou-gou in die tronk.” So lyk “normaal” Down Under.

Terug in sonnige Suid-Afrika verrys die mure en die veld blom met plastiek. Die mense is gaaf. Vir ʼn fooitjie pas hulle selfs jou kar op. Die eerste twee dae tuis verloop sonder krag – dalk stukkende kabels. Skuins oorkant die straat, skaars 20 meter weg, is ʼn man Oujaarsdag in sy huis deur vier mans oorval, vasgebind en wreed vermoor. Mike Bolhuis se nuusbrief waarsku van ʼn nuwe tendens: aanvalle op ambulanse en paramedici. Goeie vriende luister afgetrokke na jou Perth-praatjies.

Skakel dan maar die nuus af. Maak die koerante toe. Sluit die hekke. En kyk op na die blou hemel. Soggens sing ʼn voëlkoor jou wakker. Die lower en grasperk wemel met houtkappers, janfrederikke, duiwe, mossies, wewers. Hadidas skree op die dak  Die weer is matig tot koel. ʼn Reëntjie verkwik die tuin. Sal ons vandag braai? Oop vure sal darem nie weghol en onstuitbare bosbrande aansteek nie. Vir eers bly ons nog lekker. Normaal is net ʼn woord, ʼn beskouing. Welkom tuis, geliefdes.

Home’s where you go when you run out of homes. John le Carré

Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. Charles Dickens

Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits. Cindy Ross

Skryf in op SKROP se gratis weeklikse nuusbrief. Stuur jou versoek na skropwerf@gmail.com

Onwrigter, skoorsoeker of God se troefkaart?

Donald Trump is die derde Amerikaanse president om in die Senaat van ernstige misdrywe aangekla te word. Stephen Mansfield ontleed die hoogs omstrede leier se opkoms en impak vanuit ʼn etiese en geestelike perspektief.

Donald Trump is merely a man. He cannot be held responsible for the immoral drift of American society. Yet for those who are the guardians of morality and whose role it is to call for stronger character and deeper souls, to support Trump publicly without distinguishing between the virtues and the vices is nearly an act of idolatry. When Trump declared at the 2016 GOP convention: “ I am your voice,” he meant it mainly in an economic sense, Yet he may have inadvertently  stated a blunter truth. He is a supercharged version of what America has become. He is the average American today written large. Perhaps he is even a cultural GPS for our times.

Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and How Christian Conservatives Supported Him by Stephen Mansfield, BakerBooks 2017

Donald Trump was carried into the White House by an angry tribe. They felt themselves being sidelined by history and feared their country as they knew it was slipping away. They wanted change, at nearly any cost, and they looked beyond more experienced candidates to set their hopes upon the sharp-tongued, hard-hitting, angry-as-they-were billionaire from New York. He won them by promising to give their country back to them and to win a future for their children. They believed him, largely because he spoke of faith like a crusader, like one who understood religion as a perpetual call to arms.

Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and How Christian Conservatives Supported Him by Stephen Mansfield, BakerBooks 2017

He admitted that his two guiding principles in business were “Always get even” and “hit back harder than you were hit”. In a 2005 speech in Denver, he told the audience he “loved losers because they make me feel so good about myself.” He also insisted that good business leaders should trust no one, good employees in particular. “Be paranoid,” he advised, “because they are gonna try to fleece you.” Finally, he counselled, “Get even. If somebody screws you, screw ‘em back ten times over. At least you can feel good about it. Boy, do I feel good.”

Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and How Christian Conservatives Supported Him by Stephen Mansfield, BakerBooks 2017

This was a favorite theme. Vengeance. Throughout his life, he would unashamedly speak of vengeance as a virtue, nearly as a necessity for success. In his book, Think Big, he devoted an entire sixteenth chapter to “Revenge.” “I love getting even when I get screwed by someone – yes, it is true … Always get even. When you are in business you need to get even with people who screw you. You need to screw them back fifteen times harder … go for the jugular, attack them in spades!” He lived by this rule, treated both the powerful and the defenseless accordingly; and sent more than a few competitors reeling from the market after they received the full Trump treatment.”

Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and How Christian Conservatives Supported Him by Stephen Mansfield, BakerBooks 2017

Lees hier nog boeiende aanhalings uit nie-fiksie …

Ná Taurus het verdere waagmoedige uitgewerye tot stand gekom: Etienne van Heerden en Louis Serfontein se uitgewery Skoppensboer, ook Hond, Praag, Umuzi en Homebru. Kraal-uitgewers het in 1999, kort nadat die 100-jarige herdenking van die Anglo-Boereoorlog gevier is, begin om boeke uit te gee wat by die Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis aansluit. Groter en gevestigde uitgewershuise sien ook dat sekere nismark-inisiatiewe belangrik raak en skep ʼn  uitgewery soos Homeros.

Kyk sulke waagmoed! deur Leana Lategan, Taalgenoot, Somer 2020

ʼn Koedoebul staan teen die duin en sy vel glinster in die opkomende son. Jy hoor voëls wat jy nooit bedags hoor nie. Jy sien, teen die duin se gladde wang waar die sand onverstoord lê, karamel, en op ʼn haar na die tekstuur van die vel oor Elizabeth se rug waar dit inbuig na die maag en ondermaag en haar skaamte, jy sien die voetspore van die koedoe daar, elke neersit van die hoef ʼn kuiltjie in die duin se sagte vlees, skadupoeletjies.

Die biblioteek aan die einde van die wêreld deur Etienne van Heerden, Tafelberg, 2019

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