Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Racial Name Calling and Finger Pointing?

Why do the issues of name calling and finger pointing still flare up from time to time? These actions and attitudes just damage relationships. Nobody wants to be insulted or called derogatory names. There is power in our tongues. We are God’s people and we can decide to either encourage our fellow South Africans or to destroy them with our words. Racism affects everyone, regardless of your skin colour or ethnic background. When we play the “colour card”, it simply distorts the rainbow nation.

To put this simply - what is in your “well” will come out in your “bucket”. People see what is inside of you by your outward actions and words. What comes out of your “well” will either be thirst-quenching water, or muddy debris.

One of the most vital skills that employees can learn today is how to make an effective appeal to authorities. Civilizations and history have been changed by fervent and effectual appeals by men and women of principle

The true test of character in an appeal is our response to the pressure of difficult situations - it is what we do when we think no one will ever know. It is about earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts. It is vital to make an appeal when one in authority appears to be making a mistake or choosing a wrong course of action or when you have been asked to do something that is immoral or illegal.

When you launch an appeal be sure that you are doing it with the right motives in mind, and that you show honour, loyalty and contentment

Good character is the inward motivation to do what is right, according to the highest standards of behaviour in every situation and transcends age, position, financial status, race, religion, education, gender and personality.

Henry Ford said it so beautifully: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Dr Mario Denton

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