Every generation has an agenda to push mankind forward, to bring forward change. Change is not easy and change is not civil at times. Freedom is not free, never has been and never will be. We are that generation that will take this country forward.
We are that generation that has re-defined fame, have changed how we consume music, television, fashion and food therefore our palettes are different. We no longer send letters to communicate or use landline to get hold of someone. Today communication is much more instant which means you get information much quicker. That gives you more time to make more informed decisions about any situation. Movements for change are no longer formed at the back of the shebeen in the township; movements are started on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Fame is re-defined because just about anyone can be more famous more than an actor or a presenter. As a company having a presence online is mandatory. Meme’s and being witty online are part of the everyday interactions. I predict that being able to create meme’s is going to be an occupation one day. Remember that being a Social Media manager didn’t exist 5-6 years ago, now people go to collage to study such. Our children will able to Google us and able to track back the activities we were up to in our 20’s. How we access memories has been re-defined – by having your phone you can access all your documents and send them to the relevant people.
We are that generation that knows what is happening in another country right now, we are that generation that wants change right now because we learnt how others did it. We are that woke generation who speak up against racism, rape, inequality and for liberty. We are standing up in to corporate with regards to how we are treated and what we deserve, something our parents wouldn’t dare to do. We understand more about building wealth and what we are worth now than before. We are that generation that wants to build a legacy through the arts because we know that it’s possible.
The Apple iPod revolutionized how we buy and have access to music. Netflix changed how we consumed television. Uber makes you question the necessity of owning a car. Airbnb has made it possible to find local little gems as accommodation instead of the same boring hotel lobby. You smart phone is not just phone anymore its more than that is access to the world at any given time. Who can forget Whatsapp making it easier to call someone from the United States of America? Besides having lengthy conversations without the call costing you an arm and a leg. We are living in a world that is far more open to change now than it did before. We are living in a world where everything is possible and being one “the crazy is ones” is cool.
Long Live The Free! For Liberty! For Liberado! We don’t want handouts, we know that we are brilliant at what we do, and we just want opportunities. A platform that illustrates the brilliant minds this continent has to offer to the world. Show the world that as Africans we do things our way, we are done looking up to the west for answers – we are our own solutions. We breed greatness because no one understands African more than Africans do. We are that generation. There hasn’t been a better time than now to be “The Crazy Ones”
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen