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Mzizi Sam Base - Highveld Chronicle Editor in Chief

As we end another week I look back at the short happenings that have seemingly stood as stumbling block before me. My archiving has once again come to my aid as I found a word I thought would aid us as we manoeuvre along the way at almost the half way line through the year. It is true that words never age and these words have revived me to keep on keeping on, in the same light I hope you find some ferning to rekindle your flame in there somewhere.


Time and chance happen to all but a life left out for chance will in the absence of it suffer a great fall. Today we ride for the moment yet in one moment we all need to make the call weather to halt the horses or allow them to glide in response to the churning ropes that continually urge them forward. It’s the festive season again, the time when most of us seek new goals remember the old and set resolutions to starting over again. It is never too late to build anew and one needs just need believe in the new or renewed cause and carry on a new path.


The common man queries often are self-centred and in the coming year of 2017 my plea is that we see beyond our egos and walk in an ethos that will envelope those who make our world a better place. Founded on the simplest principle that in this walk of life we are but a fragment of a puzzle joined together with other fragments to present a beautiful framework. The truth is we will not always get a visible return on investment in this life and this certainty is likened by Isaac Newton’s first law of thermodynamics that states that ”energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transformed from one form to another”. Return on Investment and continued transformation are my main talking points as we round up the year in the celebration of Christmas and the change of a calendar.


Return on Investment

The usual state of mankind is growth enveloped in our development from babies to adults. We believe in growth and profit and return on investments (ROI) in all that we do in this life yet what amazes us is that the principles that speak on return speak on sacrifice and in some instances death of the one seeking the ROI first. The seed before it gives birth to the plant that births more seed is normally buried under heaps of soil and mulch before protruding as plant which will bear more not just seeds but fruit too. When male honey bees mate their penises explode and they die leaving the seed in the queen bee. These two examples of a plant seed and the male bee are truths that reflect that a ROI can be found in the ultimate sacrifice of dying to self and annihilation of self-centredness knowing that the bigger picture is the win for the colony as a whole. This festive season carry on and give not seeking a visible ROI, give to give and don’t give to get.


Continued Transformation

We live in a world that has acknowledged investors and never a creator because in our ingenious nature we are simple revealing what has been hidden in the unseen world in principle, product or performance. Mankind are not creators but revealers, users and benefactors of concepts and truths unseen. As mankind we are part of a systematic community that taps and stands on shoulders of past revelations leading to the envisioning and accumulation of resources together with the diversification of practices. In the absence of creation it is paramount to note that we as humans are temporary holders of the wealth that is under our care and like energy we need transfer it to others in the form of helping hands, knowing rightly so that like in the thermodynamics law, what we have given may simple lost to the naked eye yet in actual fact it is a gestured continually being paid forward.


I recently got a forward message on one of the whatsapp groups I am on, my default state is normally to read three four lines and drop it or continue forward as I discover the revelations. This message is one that moved me and showed me another example in the power of carrying good deeds forward. The message reads: In 1896, Thomas Edison, the great inventor who invented the electric bulb, was working on an idea to design a car when he heard that a young man who worked in his company had created an experimental car.  Edison met the young man at his company’s party in New York and interviewed him about the car. He was impressed! He had the same idea as the young man but he was considering electricity as the power source while the young man used a gasoline engine to power the car. He slammed his fist down and shouted “young man, that’s the thing! You have it! … I think you are on to something! I encourage you to continue your pursuits!” With these words of encouragement from the most highly respected inventor in the United States at that time, HENRY Ford continued his work, invented a car and became wealthy. On December 9, 1914, Thomas Edison’s laboratory and factory got burnt. He was 67years old and the damage was too extensive for insurance cover. Before the ashes were cold, Henry Ford handed Edison a cheque of $750,000 with a note saying that Edison could have more if he needed it! In 1916, Henry Ford relocated his home to the building next to Edison’s home and when Edison couldn’t walk and was confined to a wheelchair by his doctors, Henry Ford also bought himself a wheelchair so that he could run wheelchair races with his friend and mentor. Thomas Edison made Henry Ford believe in himself and got a friend for life!