Day 15: 44 to 44 at 4:44

When you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou‘s quote came to mind recently while I’ve been watching more news than usual: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

I’ve been watching the news again lately. I’m not sure what I want to comment on and if I want to comment.

What I am seeing is the lack of humanity and it is astounding. I see it in the stories of leadership not taking responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their people. In the violence by supposed protectors of the people on their people. On lockdowns imposed without making sure that at least the majority of a people understand what it is about and for.

The news has left me with disbelief, anger and disappointment, but also seeing how the general taxpayer knows better than leadership in some cases about extending a helping hand to make sure that their neighbours are fed, clothed, sanitised and safe. You are us. We are you.

I’ve also been hearing stories about people, professional people, not understanding what it means to be asymptomatic, not understanding how the virus can spread at schools or anywhere … how some people can die and other just experience a type of flu … the correct information is required. Visible protocols for every person in that space to understand.

Can we please take responsibility for what we say and how we say it and what we spread? Can we please take cognisance of our audience and think of how we can possibly minimise wrong interpretation. We know how fake news work and how bad stories and wrong information spread. Like a flash of lightning. Before we forward anything, can we please fact check – those who know and can and know where to do that. There was enough anxiety before the pandemic, and more surfaced during the pandemic to last us through the pandemic because of misrepresentation of information by people who (should) know better.

We can’t not care.

My people. The above is also true even without the current pandemic.

We have to be responsible and accountable for our words. We cannot always control there it goes, who it reaches or how it is interpreted, but we have to do out best to say it in a way that leaves little for misinterpretation.

I sometimes wonder if this has something to do with our education system or curriculum? Fact checking. Resources – reliable versus unreliable. Are we being taught the importance of fact checking in school? Is it part of our culture? With the amount of corruption in the news in my beautiful country, how does this impact the possible nonchalant behaviour towards the truth, accountability and honesty.

We know better.

How can we do better?

I still have loads to think about and my thoughts might seem haphazard to some. That’s okay. My thoughts seem haphazard to me sometimes.

My know better and do better feels like peace to me. Every time I learn something and can change my behaviour the next time it comes peace.

That’s my goal.

In my thoughts.
In my words.
In my actions.

Peace and stillness.

We can do better.


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