Introduction Do a podcast they said. Share your thoughts they said. Well what they didn't say is how much time and effort you need to commit to actually start. So here i am, starting for the umpteenth time. Trying to put to paper, or rather record, my thoughts and views on maybe a bunch of stuff that i haven't yet decided on. We will see how it goes right? But i guess we all have to start somewhere so here it goes. The why. Why do we put ourselves out there? Well why not? The fact that connecting with people is just the starting point. Where you end up depends on how you continue the conversation. And conversations when done correctly leads to better understanding and we all know what better understanding can bring right? The chance to know what someone is all about. Where they are coming from, why they believe the things they do. And not everything is about getting people to have the same views as yourself. Sometimes we all can agree to disagree and hey its okay. So what i'
To know if we are on the right track is to understand where we are going. The vaccination rates are increasing so that is all well and good. But the fight against the pandemic needs to be a multipronged approach. Vaccination helps, but the lack of political will to address other concerns such as loss of income and lack of support to facilitate access to education will adversely affect us in the longer term. Academics and economists talk about providing direct cash assistance to affected parties - oh we can't afford to put the country in a more precarious debt position. They talk about giving automatic moratorium for B40 and M40 - oh there's no way that this will not cost the govt more in the long run. The finance minister even famously said, "Just because we can, doesn't mean we should". A statement that is just off color if you consider that lives are at stake. why are we not taking a longer term view here? I mean if people can survive the pandemic, wouldn'