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Saturday, 19 September 2015


Our beloved power utility, #Eskom, gave itself a self-congratulatory pat on the back recently for having generated an uninterrupted power supply for 5 weeks. As the local political rabble-rousers, the #EFF said in response: 'There is no need to congratulate a fish for being able to swim.'

And that seems to be so for all of our endeavours. If we are simply doing our jobs, but no more, or not cheating in our relationships, or feeding ourselves sensibly, or being kind to others or caring for our children, we do not need special praise or accolades. That is simply what we do and are expected to do.

It is only when we do something extraordinary that people might be expected to sit up, take notice and perhaps give us a high five. 

So if you're doing your job and want to complain that no one notices or acknowledges you, before you take the moan any further, perhaps it's worth questioning whether you are just doing what you've been told to do, or whether you are actually going the extra mile.

And whilst we're on the subject of fish, Albert Einstein is credited with the quote that "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb trees, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid". As it happens, the Mangrove Killifish can apparently climb trees, so perhaps that is at least one particular fish of which we should be taking closer notice. 

On the other hand, if you were to judge Eskom for its inability to produce power on an uninterrupted basis, perhaps it will rightfully keep believing that it is stupid until it gets its act together.

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