Grey Areas

Grey Areas

Black Farmers, White Sadza, and Grey Areas

Let's start with Grey Areas.

Everyone is fighting for what's rightfully theirs. It's a positive (or negative) entitlement mentality that isn't seen as selfishness at all. It's seen as freedom and liberty. Rights on how to live, rights on internet and media, rights on land distribution, rights on abortion, education, national pride, the list goes on.

However, these are grey areas because rights are subjective depending on what you believe and what values you live by.

If you live by the value of reciprocity, you're a person who's constantly looking at how generous people have been to you and you're looking at being generous back. If you have a revenge philosophy, it's about repaying evil for evil.

The Grey Areas, and their outcomes, boil down to core values—a culture maybe.

White Sadza (maize) was first farmed in Mexico. It spread throughout the Americas, then made its way to Europe. The Europeans introduced it to Africa and now sadza, pap, ugali or maize meal is the staple food of many African nations.

Should we thank Mexico for introducing us to maize? Should we maybe give them a statue of Lobengula or Shaka Zulu as a kind gesture?

For the most part, Black Farmers are good, hard-working and deserving individuals who love their country, their land and their families. Some are educated, others are not. Some are driven by a degree of appreciation to colonialists, others are really not that enthused about them. Many of these hard-working farmers farm maize and eat it too.

Back to the Grey Areas.

There is a cycle of Grey Areas. White Sadza and Black Farmers are intermingled with it. So are a lot of things.

Some of the Grey Areas:

  • Who owns the maize?
  • Who owns the land?
  • Who's a good farmer?
  • Who's a bad farmer?
  • Does color have a huge effect?
  • Should a nation like the USA be self-focused and close its borders to immigrants and keep their wealth?
  • Or should there be a free-flow of diverse cultures allowed to create their own worlds within a country
  • Should there be strict regulations on that?
  • Should we give gifts to nations that have helped us?
  • Should a business give some of its profits back to sustain local development? How much?

Grey Areas in life are a given and if you don’t decide beforehand on issues of morality and integrity, you’ll often find yourself going with the flow and the culture of the people you’re surrounded by. Good or bad, whether you agree or disagree, we all make these kinds of decisions every day.

It’s something to ponder.

(photo via ciat)