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In these unprecedented times, when all we see around us is confusion and uncertainty which seems to be the order of the day where do we fix our eyes?
The year 2020 started off like any other year, bringing with it a certain degree of hope towards fulfilment of dreams and just as we were slowly settling in, and without any warning we were hit by the Corona virus, a life threatening pandemic which brought the whole world to a stand-still.
Countries are forced to go into lockdown and people for the first time find themselves incarcerated in their homes and totally immobilised. It is as though time has stopped and the rush and buzz that is found in the streets of South Africa has dissolved into total silence. The virus has taken over the news and people’s lives seem to revolve around it.
In times such as these, fear seems to have crept in as the future looks uncertain and like a parasite around its host has attached itself around the hearts of man. Man has been created and ordered to dominate and subdue the earth and now find themselves being subdued by earthly elements. While governments are working tirelessly around the clock to devise means of dealing with the virus, and it might at some point seem as though they are fighting a losing battle. Where do we fix our eyes?
Addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco which many find as modes of escapism are not easily accessible because of the lockdown and many are forced to face those terrors that they so much want to escape from head on.
The world economy around which many have invested their time, efforts and resources seems to be failing since it offers little or no solution to this pandemic and many employees and employers even investors who are active participants of the economy find themselves uncertain about the future.
Churches which are havens of hope for many have been forced by governments to close their doors due to the rapid spread of the virus and members have devised means of worshiping at home and rely on virtual platforms such as social media and life streaming to interact with one another. Governments are in a panic frenzy since there are no definite answers and most decisions are as a result of a trial and error method. Humanity is brought down to its knees, a prostrate pasture which symbolises a need for divine intervention. The need for God is eminent, He is the only solution since He is the Alpha and Omega and He knows the end from the beginning and nothing is impossible with Him, therefore in this time, we need to look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Activities during lockdown
Karabo Mike, who is fourteen years old from Curtis Nkondo School of specialization is not limited by the lockdown. Whilst observing the lockdown she finds pleasure in art, and as a minimalist she has limited resources which she has used to create her beautiful works of art. As an artist she is given a sense of purpose.
Some of her artworks capture human emotion taken through different parts of the face, the eye shows the inside of the eye as a sunflower this almost radiates with her vibrant personality, and it shows the world through the eyes of a teenager, a world full of life, dreams and aspirations , a world having a neutral gaze, one that does not judge and like nature and natural elements is oblivious of differences found in man.
The next one is a pair of lips closed by the heavy weight of experiences. The lips are chapped showing hard conditions and displays her ingenious portrayal of thirst and the monochromes used draws the viewer’s eyes to the object and phases out the background.
While parents are at home wondering what to do with their children, especially during this lockdown Easter Mnisi from Protea Glen is not concerned since she has been home schooling her children from the time they were in primary school.
She is affiliated with the Home and Distance Education with the Pan African Soweto Home Schooling Group.
She has also registered with the Gauteng Department of Education as a home educator and her children Katlego Mnisi and Mosa Mnisi feel very comfortable being taught by their mother, who gives them hundred percent individual attention.
The two reek of confidence since her approach to teaching them is not an umbrella approach, she has designed the curriculum based on her children’s strengths. In these trying times her children contracting the virus is the least of her problems.
Lorraine Moremi Soweto Sunrise News