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If there is a place for hope

If there is a place for hope
In South Africa,
Year 2010
If there is a place for hope

It is in knowledge
Which activates change

It is in experiences which shape us
And push us to change our minds
And thus our behaviours

It is in people who push other people,
Who pay it forward
Who build bridges across islands
Without invading
Without colonizing minds or landscapes

It is in free bodies who can move how and when and wherever they want
For ever

I know too little about economy
About science
And the arms deal
But I understand minds that tick like a timebomb
Waiting to destroy themselves because that is how they were programmed
I understand hearts that falter and cannot embrace, cannot love, cannot begin to empathise, because that is how they were programmed.
The gods of economy and science continue to programme, without most of us understanding what goes on behind closed doors across continents
But our hope should lie
In re-programming ourselves:

Digging deep and reaching far out, to garner that which we were forbidden:
Knowledge and hope,
Power and hope.

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