The moment we are humane as a community; the levels of trust and respect towards each other is present. Our historical inequalities infused with racial hatred, injustices and intolerable public morality has ended and should not be repeated nor alluded to for the wrong reasons. We need to, as a community, fully accept our constitutional democracy founded on the values of equality, human dignity and human rights.
What is clear is that even with their dedication, passion and commitment to We Are White River, Hilton and Larissa cannot do it alone. Building and uplifting community requires community input. They are open to ideas and collaborations, so what are you waiting for?
It’s a new year. The Silly Season is fast coming to an end and we are once again faced with the “reality” of life. The shops already filled with “Back to School” advertising as our Matrics are hopefully celebrating the culmination of 12 years of school, ready to move onto the next chapter in their lives and many wonder how they are going to get through what feels like the longest month of the year with pay-day very far away!
We continue with this in 2018, emboldened by what we have learnt and the support of fabulous White Riverians, but also aware that we have actually achieved only a little and it is a slow process, requiring sustained support from the community. We need to all BE White River!
What have I learned this past year? To allow people to be who they are and not to try to change them to fit into your world view of what is right. People are allowed to be who they are, you don’t necessarily have to agree with them.
It’s that time of year again, a time of slowing down or gearing up if you happen to work in the retail or hospitality sectors. While many look forward to lazy days and holidays, time to replenish and rest, others are facing the hustle and bustle and long days in their stores and lodges making the most of the “milk and honey” time.
Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Creating Capabilities’ explores the human development approach which seeks to bring our attention to the most important elements of people’s quality of life such as bodily integrity, education and health. In deepening this inquiry, Nussbaum asks ‘what is each person able to do and to be?’ it is on the basis of this…
I’m working on an idea for a directory linked to the We Are White River App for our informal contractors to help create employment and connect them with customers. Still in the early stages but I’m excited at the potential.
Reflecting more deeply on connection, it is striking that so many of us prefer to stand in our corner than to really connect. We stay on our same predictable path, surrounded by our self-fulfilling prophecies where the only things we seek are confirmations of our bias and support for the stories we have made up about life.
A highlight on the White River cultural calendar at the moment is the fabulous, infectiously joyous celebration of African music by students of the Casterbridge Music Development Academy. I defy anyone not to get up and dance.