Aaah! Satire is an amazing artform! I admire it. I enjoy it- and you are honing your skills quickly and becoming great at it.
Buried deep in all that flippancy, humour and sarcastic wit is always a diamond of ugly truth.
You made me laugh because I’ve heard way too many conversations like these.
You made me feel indignant, and angry because I have heard way too many conversations like these.
But mostly, as a person who stood next to an 85 year old African lady, in our first truly inclusive, democratic elections; and watched the tears roll down her face as she cast her first vote (the one she had fought for her entire life); I felt sad and dejected because I have heard way too many conversations like these.
I don’t have your gift(I wish I did)- I have to resort to just saying it like it is. So, because I’ve heard way too many conversations like these- this is my contribution to that brunch chat- unfortunately it usually means I’m never invited again!
In my country — people have died for the right to vote. The luxury of democracy and the freedom to practice it, should not be something as easily decided as what’s on the menu.