I’m tired of repeating myself so post this thought about Knysna Fire donations and human rights so that i can copy and paste the link next time someone needs similar response on Facebook.
I refuse to take the easy route and i don’t believe that anyone should during our great challenge. There’s good and bad in the aftermath of our Great Knysna Fire, there cannot only be good for the sake of convenience. There are people doing amazingly good deeds and i have given kudos to several. How could i do anything else when i, as an uninsured rentee, have been helped too.
Severely lacking is people getting beyond their bitching into action about many evils besieging us. And it’s utterly absurd that those who use our pain for their entertainment on Facebook get likes for saying what’s easy or populist. I’ll be damned if i trade what needs to be said for fake friendships.
What happened to our human rights and victim necessities?
It isn’t right that our government isn’t having meaningful dialogue with us on a daily basis. It isn’t right that we’ve been excluded from municipal meetings about our tragedy. It isn’t right that donation queries are unanswered. It isn’t right that, 25 days in, those who need accommodation haven’t been contacted. It isn’t right that we’re disregarded by our government. It isn’t supposed to be Us and Them – we’re their neighbours!
In the past, when there’s been a shack fire, victims were given temporary shelters. Why hasn’t that happened here Why hasn’t something even better being offered in consideration of the millions and millions we’ve heard has been donated?
I’m not God. The donation problem doesn’t exist because i point it out. That problem was there in the beginning, long before i mentioned it. That it hasn’t been appropriately addressed is what’s most damaging to those doing a good job collecting and helping. They should be outraged at thieves and those who refuse to communicate meaningfully about it. Good people fight evil, they don’t hide from it for the temporary sake of their own charity.
Our town has a severe problem with standing up to authority. It has a sick obsession in wanting to be mates with a very bitchy social class.
When we allow wrongdoing, wrongdoing doesn’t go away, it grows. When we allow wrongdoing, we become part of it.
I refuse to take the cowardly route and hope more people stand up for our human rights so as to better help us in the important long run. People need to understand that what happens today, such as pretending problems don’t exist, is nowhere near as important as what will unfold in coming months.
Accept that we don’t live in a world of convenience and that some of us (hell, maybe only me), have taken on a very difficult but necessary role. Share my outrage at wrong, don’t cast doubt on my positive intention. Support me as i support you.
What’s the use of the fire if we aren’t reborn into better, strong people?
Knysna’s fire victims must stand together. It would be helpful if those unaffected stood with us too.
You can comment on the Love Knysna Facebook post here.