From consumers to citizens

If we are trying to create a new future, to genuinely discover ways of living together, of making our democracy work and make it meaningful for all South Africans, we have to be agents of transformation and healing – and this means we have to be willing to live on the creative edge of community life, of social conventions, of old cultural ways of doing things… for creativity always comes from the edges, not the centre.

If we are not going to “be the change we want to see” (Gandhi), we are going to be followers of ‘the beaten path’, living out the patterns that have been formed by countless others – patterns that come from contexts that no longer give life.

So many of us, it seems, feel it is not up to us to define or re-define these old patterns and so, without knowing it, we end up unconsciously repeating them, following ways that separate and divide us.

But many believe we are being called to create new ways of relating and that we are being called to unlock new patterns of being and new potentials from within our communities. For this to occur, it requires rare and heroic women and men who have awakened to the conviction that this next step needs to happen now and each day and that we’re the ones who have to make it happen!

If we dont become the agents of transformation, who will?

(with thanks to Andrew Cohen)

About chrisahrends

For me, writing is a healing art aimed at healing me - and if in any way it resonates with you - that would be wonderful. I live in Cape Town, South Africa; work in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and am married to Jacqui Macqueen Ahrends.
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