South Africa went through decades where ordinary black people could not use their gifts and talents; could not reach to the stars as we in America think we can. The Apartheid government believed they had to hold the controls because, as I was often told “they are adolescents.”
I’m reading Nancy Pearcey’s TOTAL TRUTH again, as she develops an understanding of our Christian World View. In describing the life of our forefathers she writes: It began to seem that ordinary people were quite capable of making rational choices to advance their own interest. And when they did, lo, they created wealth all around. . . by that time it had become a common “discovery” that ordinary people, operating freely and autonomously, were quite competent and capable after all.
Astonishingly, by the middle of the eighteenth century in the larger American colonies, per capita wealth was far higher than anywhere else in the world. There was no longer any need for an authoritarian government to stand as traffic cop over limited resources! (emphasis mine)
I’m looking forward to meeting many of my old friends, ordinary people, who are using entrepreneurial skills and leadership to enrich the country and build the Kingdom of God.
(If you are able to get The Soweto Legacy (see About Books) you’ll see how elitist power corrupted their dreams)