Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sustainability Conversations ... The Garden of Earthly Delights

I find it kinda sad
 And I find it kinda funny
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world ... mad world
- Gary Jules

In this mad world every paradox means wonder. Masterstroke by DiCaprio to capture the symbolism of the Bosch painting in his movie, Before the Flood.

"It seems to me that this is the question the whole triptych asks—whether God, having made the world and having conferred on man both the blessing and the curse of free will, would destroy all of his creation in the face of human failing. This is the fundamental connection between these inner panels and the destructive flood depicted on the outer wings. Bosch’s lesson, if there is one, seems to be that we can choose good over evil or we can be swept away. Man proposes, God disposes. -  Dr. Sally Hickson


Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505, 
oil on panel. (Prado, Madrid)

3.5 Million views of Before the Flood within the first two days of its release.  Ah, the power of celebrity. It powerfully reminds the world of the urgency around climate change, which can only be a good thing. You can watch the whole movie for free here first, then proceed into a reflection on it.



The South African Garden of Earthly Delights echoed in the words of Jay Naidoo this week: "Twenty-two years later we have to ask ourselves what happened. What happened to that beautiful vision? Have the gods abandoned us?" He says: "We live in an abnormal, unequal, unjust society today. We cannot ignore the other elephants in the room". Founding general secretary of Cosatu Jay Naidoo paid tribute to former public protector Thuli Madonsela at the launch of the annual Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture. View the video here: Jay Naidoo pays tribute to Thuli Madonsela





Speaking out about #FeesMustFall on the iStart2 Show this week, is Attie van Nel, activist, entrepreneur and pastor from Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Attie van Nel is back on our show and asks some of the big questions every parent and South African citizen should be asking about the sustainability of our education system. 


"This is not 1976. As adults we should give proper direction to this reservoir of unbridled passion. It goes to the broader issues of how we have failed this generation," says Attie. "The apathy of the last 22 years, the abdication of responsibility, the wholesale outsourcing of our future only to the political sphere, is a wake-up call. It sounds a wake-up call to society to take control of its own future."

Attie is passionate about building a future for all South Africans. Don't miss out on what he has to say:

 


Have you booked your ticket?

Bookings for the show at Computicket
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See you there!