Forget Politics

If South Africa is to have any hope in the future, we are going to need a lot more political apathy.

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“It is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects—military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life.

“A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden—that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.”

So wrote CS Lewis in his classic, ‘Mere Christianity’.

For so many people, politics has become a kind of tribalism. A way of finding your identity.

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