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'Stakes too high to allow bad leadership': Bongani Bingwa Comment of the Day

26 February 2018 10:52 AM
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702 Breakfast show host Bongani Bingwa reminds us that it take 200 years to build an idea, but a generation to destroy it.

In his latest book, Canadian psychologist Steven Pinker puts forward the argument for us to embrace optimism.

According to Pinker, negative news is one reason why people consistently underestimate the progress humanity is making.

In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Pinker maintains the world is a better place today than it was 200 years ago.

But Bongani Bingwa says while remaining optomistic we mustn't become complacent and that we have a duty to challenge bad leadership.

He says too often it is the 'good people' who avoid politics, leaving only the bad to take political office.

Progress takes time. We don't notice it. It doesn't dominate headlines. IQ points grow, knowledge is gained, healthier, longer lives become the norm and we don't even realize it.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host

Bad news is what gets our attention. So too should bad leaders. Because what takes a 100 or 200 years or even millennia to build, can easily be reversed in a generation.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host

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26 February 2018 10:52 AM
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