As therapeutic as it was to fire off a quick bullet-point list yesterday, I’m not very comfortable with it, so this is my version of clearing the front page.
• I finished The Last Lecture last night and it was very moving. I was also sad to see (from Wikipedia) that Randy Pausch died from cancer in July 2008. But I was also impressed with the Wikipedia entry here.
• Since Randy got such a kick out of writing a World Book entry on virtual reality, I know he would have got a huge kick from the Wikipedia one.
• I also watched a YouTube of his charge to the students of 2008 at Carnegie Mellon here.
• Going back to yesterday’s entry, I realised that hate is far too raw and simple an emotion for what I was trying to say. Disappointment, dejection, anger, frustration and a whole lot more maybe. Confusion, disbelief, irritation. I guess I could go on. But what is comforting about the Zuma affair is knowing that there are people of integrity such as Willie Hofmeyr (deputy director of public prosecutions) who are considering the intricacies of this decision and are absolutely trying to do the right thing. It’s easy to get caught up in the media hype around Zuma and start hating him. But this is just another step in a long process, which is a lot more complicated than good vs evil.
• After yesterday’s rant, I also read some good news (and I do read the Good News emails that get sent out on SA as well) about how the Justice Department have added on a whole section to the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court to deal with Family Law, including divorce, domestic violence and related issues.
• Another piece of good news is that (Cape Judge President) John Hlophe lost his appeal 9-0 in the Appeal Court yesterday. Of course there will be another appeal to the Constitutional Court but for now I think that restores some faith in the judiciary.
• I’m also getting more distance on the swearing incident that happened on the weekend. I’ll maybe pick it up here at a later stage, but it’s made me stop and consider my own actions as well. It’s easy to hurt others but it’s harder to pick up the pieces afterwards. It’s also helpful to remember that damage and repair (or hurt and reparation) are an integral part of relationships.
• Going back to Randy Pausch’s message, I think some of it might have got lost amidst all the media hype. Pausch himself says he’s a great fan of clichés but I think there came a point when, as he himself put it, he became St Randy of Pittsburgh spouting heartfelt wisdom to the masses. It is an inspirational message though and three things that I’ve taken from the book are simple points that I’ve heard many times before. Follow your passion and find a way to make it work. It’s the relationships that matter (in even the most technical of areas). Take things one step (one day, one task) at a time.