If you took a step back and looked at South Africa's time as a Democracy, what do see? In life, it's is sometimes challenging to see through the noise of everyday life and see the big picture. It's just as difficult to explain the big picture to another person and ensure everybody is on the same page.
In storytelling, there is a popular method of writing called "The Hero's Journey" that follows a pattern where the hero of the story goes out on an adventure.
If South Africa was the hero of a story, what would that story look like? Patriot Democracy believes the hero's journey to be a great way of relating and connecting people to the big picture playing out in our country today.
Hollywood has used the hero's journey of storytelling to great success with many modern action-adventure and science fiction movies following and using the method.
Lord of Rings, Harry Potter, any of the latest Marvel superhero comic book movies, even most of your Disney animated movies. These are all great examples of the hero's journey being used to connect an audience with a story and characters.
Why The Hero's Journey Matters
Storytelling is an incredibly difficult task to do well, and the hero's journey is something we can all very easily relate to and allows us to draw comparisons and understand each other, regardless of background or age.
We all have examples of the hero's journey in our own lives that we can draw on in a discussion and can easily relate real-world events to a story or our favourite movie and understand the context and situation.
My Journey Or Your Journey
The point in time of any story depends on the point of view. A person joining the story could be seen to be on the departure and part of the story. Another person could be well into the journey, and at the point they need help.
We all on our own journeys and our point of view also is impacted if we identified as the hero or one of the hero's friends that help's the hero along their way.
South Africa's Journey
If we make South Africa our hero, and looking at everything going on today with Eskom and SAA falling apart, and the ANC driving a heavy socialist agenda wanting to nationalise everything. All this combined with rampant corruption and mounting debt.
So then where is South Africa in its journey?
In every great story, there is a point where the hero reaches a personal low point and our hero is thinking of giving up. They have been defeated and continuing seems to be impossible.
Patriot Democracy believes South Africa is in the middle of a 3 part trilogy. The first part was titled "Apartheid", and we currently in the middle of the second part that we are calling "Socialism" and are at the lowest point in the journey where it looks like the heroes adversary has defeated him.
At the point when our hero considers giving up, it is then that they find strength and most importantly self-belief. The strength and will often come from a friend or mentor giving the hero some guidance allowing them to pick themselves up and turn and face the enemy.
Self-belief is the strongest and most important ingredient to any victory, without it you can not achieve anything. If you do not believe you are already defeated.
Facing The Enemy
South Africa has many demons that need slaying, and we are looking at a long round of adventures ad-head of us. If we had to identify the biggest threats to our Democracy, the number one would have to be the current ANC lead government steering our country towards Socialism and a corrupt one-party dictatorship.
To defeat our enemies, our hero needs to spread the word and help teach the poor and vulnerable they have the strength and power to change their own lives. Information and knowledge are our weapons and we can not muster the required strength to defeat our enemies unless we all unite and work together with one voice.
Are You Joining The Journey?
All heroes have friends and mentors that help, guide and join in on the journey. To fight our enemies, South Africa's Democracy needs help, friends and mentors.
Are you willing to join the journey and help your country?