Can we please stop shaming people for not doing what you think is right?
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Stay safe, and do you… but let’s not be unkind to those that are not following your idea of “what is right”.


South Africa (14 June 2020) – Can we all please agree to stop shaming people for how they choose to self-isolate, or not self-isolate?

I am seeing a lot of nastiness online, and I just want to remind everyone to be kinder.

This virus has made people lose their marbles. I think we all need to remember that things are changing rapidly, and what is completely “illegal” this week, will change next week… so I am not sure why people are taking to social media to call out what they deem to be “unacceptable behaviour”.

One of the biggest challenges in our country is the thought of being “other” or “better than” without taking other people or situations into consideration.

Let’s all agree to work on that.

Our economy is opening up, and people are returning to work again. We’re starting to move away from this lockdown and into some sense of normality. People are beginning to use public transport again, they are going to work, shopping for non-essentials, supporting small businesses and even doing social things – yes, I saw you hiking over the weekend, and I was jealous.

I cannot wait for my hairdresser to open again, or for my local restaurant to open tables again. Good grief, I am excited about the thought of having a beer while sitting next to complete strangers in a bar.

And yes, the numbers will go up, and the stats may get far worse, but the point of the lockdown was not to stop the virus, only to prepare the hospitals and us. We’re 58 days over what was meant to be a 21-day lockdown… that’s 79 days of preparation; if we’re not ready now, I am not sure we will ever be.

I also understand that South Africa is in a different position, at a different stage of the “curve”, but the rest of the world is moving forward, and I don’t believe that we can afford to be left behind.

So stay safe, and do you… but let’s not be unkind to those that are not following your idea of “what is right”.

Be kinder. Love louder. Only good things.

Can we please stop shaming people for not doing what you think is right?
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Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy
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Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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