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Kom ons praat vir ʼn verandering oor verandering. Ja, die ontwrigtende toestand wat stabilisering teenwerk. Die totale aanslag wat aanhou met skommelinge, omwentelinge en onafgebroke transformasie van alles en nog wat. Onophoudelik. Onverbiddelik. Ons sien dit en ons sien dit nie. Dis kruipend onopsigtelik soos ʼn donderstorm  en oordonderend sigbaar soos gletsers wat verbrokkel en gierende bosbrande wat dorpe insluk.

Die wêreld is ʼn fraks anders as wat dit gister was en fenomenaal anders as wat dit net ses maande gelede was. Ons sien dinge anders as ʼn jaar gelede, ons huidige gewoontes en verwagtinge was in Desember ondenkbaar: stel jou voor iemand het voorspel ons gaan almal met maskers in die openbaar rondloop en mense met jou elmboog groet!

Mary Shelley, die skrywer van Frankenstein verwoord ons ongeloof: “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

En om te besluit dis ʼn gulde geleentheid vir groei is nie so maklik nie. Tog is ons dankbaar vir die optimiste soos Margaret Mead wat ons herinner:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Albert Einstein het geweet verandering begin by denkpatrone: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Dit sluit aan by Mahatma Gamdhi se aansporing: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Nog aanhalings oor verandering:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. Rob Siltanen

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. Eckhart Tolle

 Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. Stephen Chbosky

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Europa en Engeland word tans getref deur die tweede golf van die pandemie. Die verloop van ʼn internasionale krisis in ʼn neutedop:   

Body count has long been the yardstick by which we measure calamity. There were the 1,496 souls who perished as the Titanic sunk, the approximately 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, the 58,000 U.S. lives lost in the Vietnam war. In the hours after the September 11 attacks, when the death toll was not yet known, (It was 2,977) Then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani famously said, “The number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear, ultimately.” We are, once again, trying to bear the unbearable, as the United States today surpassed 200,000 deaths caused by the still-rampaging COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. remains, as it has long been, the world’s hardest-hit country, with just 4% of the global population but roughly 21% of both deaths and overall cases.

An Unbearable Toll by Jeffrey Kluger, Time, The Coronavirus Brief, September 22, 2020

The disease promptly set out to prove his prediction a tragic low-ball. On April 29, the Vietnam death toll was surpassed. On May 23, we reached 100,000 deaths. On July 29, it was 150,000. With the 200,000 threshold now crossed, the outlook for the rest of the year remains grim: The Institute for Health Metrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine now predicits a likely scenario of 410,000 deaths by year’s end.

An Unbearable Toll by Jeffrey Kluger, Time, The Coronavirus Brief, September 22, 2020

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Dit was die kinders wat haar eerste gesien het. Natuurlik kinders se oë is nog wakker, sien altyd dit wat liewers nie gesien moet word nie. Ná die tyd het almal stilweg besluit dat dit bloot ʼn soort Pase was, wat in ʼn ander soort jaar gebeur het. Meeste het lewers nie weer daaroor gepraat nie. Dit het Madinonyane se geheim geword.

Voëlvrou deur Marlize Hobbs, Protea, 2020

Mysteries were the perfect analogue of human life as well as human death. Human beings were mysteries to others and to themselves as well. Some chance occurance jolted them from their sleep and they began to act in ways of which they would not have believed themselves capable. We know nothing about ourselves or our neighbours, he thought. The nice lady next door turns out to be an axe murderer, giving her mother forty wacks. The silent smiling bearded gentleman upstairs is revealed a terrorist when he drives a truck into innocent people in the town centre. Death offers us clarification, it shines a harsh shadowless light on life, and then we see.

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, 2019

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Kuns

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Kos

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Kortstories

Die houer deur Johan Schoeman; Skryf in vir ons nuwe Kortstoriewedstryd

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