Activist or ‘Passivist’?

A friend of mine recently asked, “Why should we regulate our emotions with mindfulness? Looking at what is happening in South Africa, shouldn’t we be so angry that we all rise up and do not stop challenging corruption, crime and inequality until we have changed the system?”

Her question struck a deep chord with me. It is something I have asked myself so often, particularly now that I am living in a country with so much poverty, violence and trauma. In 2015 (www.crimestatssa.com), 147 cases of sexual violence were reported to the police each day, and as many as 25% of the victims had been gang raped. 500 cases of grievous bodily harm were reported each day, and many were cases of domestic violence. Imagine how many physical or sexual assaults are not even reported due to lack of public confidence in the police. Something certainly needs to be done to achieve social justice.