An appeal to the young in South Africa, to the educated graduates employed and unemployed, to those who have been denied the opportunity to pursue higher education, to those who have been unlucky to be born into cursed families, those who have inherited nothing but burdens and debt. To those who enjoy historical privilege and thrive to the exclusion of the majority, to those who are engulfed in yankee ways of living and to those who endorse imperialistic principles that continue to put the human race at war with itself. To those who continue to oppose imperialism and all its antagonistic ways, those who advocate for liberty and egalitarianism. To the idealists, those who continue to deny themselves the pleasure of humanity, and to those who refuse to be ruled by antique ideas that revolt against human existence.
The young, certainly you have considered the viability of your future, and have understood that to sustain yourself and your ways of living, owning not the means of production, you need to be a proficient in a particular science or trait. While many pursue economic sustenance not with intentions to use their acquired skill for individual gain and subjugation of others, it is the system of capitalism which has developed into imperialism and dictates that the knowledge, skill and ability of the privileged few shall enfranchise the daily ignorance and misery that fuels imperialism in Africa. As one such person, with a vision for emancipation, this is an appeal for you to understand this work as a step towards advancing the development humans.
Supposing that you have received education and serve as a professional in a particular discipline or perhaps you are an artisan partially educated but with proficiency that renders you employable in our time. In whatever field that has opened up before you and has put you in a position of relative comfort, tomorrow a woman subordinate to you shall need service for a man in misery. This shall take you on a journey to the most indigent of places, where the poor are clustered and live with no optimism. You shall encounter the most muted of children, those whom even with so much surplus, endure famish. The man has worked nearly all the days of his life to lead an honest livelihood, however to be retrenched or unemployed is not rare in our times. With the man out of work, the woman makes a few hundreds of Rands when fortunate to secure impermanent occupations.
Of what value is your expert assistance to this wretched household? Despite your proficiency in your specific field, with a glance you realise that your service will not leave the family in a significantly restored form and that the recurring difficulty that you are expected to service is a consequence of a lack of sufficiency in conditions that maintain human wellbeing. It is ironic that the existence of many is dependent on the inability of others to afford good food and water, education and skills, clothing and clean ambient conditions, that if they afforded these, your expertise would be of no use. If you have a good heart, the conditions of the family and your experience with them will intrigue your conviction, and you will come to know that in the next house, the circumstances are not better. You leave the inundated family having enhanced your livelihood, you hope for appreciation but are embarrassed of your insufficiency in offering deeds not frivolous.
As you are pondering over the miserable conditions with which you left the wretched family, your partner tells you about a need for their expertise by the owner of a fine house who is worn out by sleepless nights, devoted to dressing, intoxicants, and squabbles with the man for which the service is required. For the family, your associate fancied commending a less byzantine habit of life, fresh air and isometrics to make up for the lack of valuable work. While the other suffers because of not having sufficient food or rest, others pine because of not knowing what work is and the privilege of privatised surplus.
If you are spineless and are prone to the dictations of the superstructure, at the sight of such repulsive spectacles you shall find consolation in inebriation, then you shall make sense of these disparities inert and you will look to maintain yourself in the ranks of the content so that you may never find yourself among the inferior. But if you are a conscious human being, if your intelligence has not drowned in desensitising ideas, then you will upon returning home, reject predetermined ways of living, ways that ensure that adversities are cured instead of prevented. A good living and intellectual advancement for all is not imaginary and exclusive to a hallowed dreamland. Fresh ambience, clean water, good food and not as much a devastating grind is how we must begin. Without this, any intended human development will be adverse to human existence.
At the realisation of the above stipulated you shall realise that, you shall see that the future of humanity is not guaranteed if we continue to lead fabricated lives of pleasure. When you admit to the absurdity the world is, then you understand the need for socialism and can be pursued to bring about a social revolution. You will realise that professions are taken to pass life with pleasure, in this case, what respect does a doctor who pursues medical science in order to pass life pleasantly differ from a slum narcotics addict who only seeks abrupt pleasure of drugs. While the educated scientist might have chosen a pleasure more sustained than the drug addict, they are not fundamentally different as they both have a selfish end in view, personal gratification. But no, you wish not to lead a selfish life. You shall vow to work for humanity as you realise that that which you were opportuned with is an appendage to luxury, it only serves to make life more pleasant than that of the marginalised majority of mankind.
You will come to the appreciation of the knowledge that ensures the perseverance of our own health and good conditions for the larger population of the world. How we ought to live can only be implicit through science and to think that science today exists only for the privileged, you shall realise that the irony of all the conditions science asserts for a rational existence only hits a few. This is despite that the work is contained in books. There is no longer a need to accumulate scientific knowledge, what is important is to spread the knowledge that is already at our disposal, and make them common inheritance. It is no longer viable to continue to make education a luxury when science must be the basis of everyday life. We must vehemently reject and condemn any educated individual who crams scientific truths as the whole rest of human beings remain in a slave and automated mentality incapable of grasping bare actualities exposed by science and education.
There is no working for humanity outside socialism because I promise you even when you are an enforcer of the law and you are expected to bring about justice in society. If a man attempts to steal bread from a baker and he is caught and arrested, upon questioning it is revealed that the man and his family have not had anything to eat for three days, the triumph of justice dictates that the man be prosecuted and charged, then locked away for three months. What justice is this? Justice that can punish a mad man for a crime- not even to the consideration of the ill childhood and continued misery the man has had to bear. This is a crime for which society in its entirety is to blame. Will you claim that protestors should be shot down and arrested by police to be prosecuted and sent to jail? No. If you reason instead of repeating the doctrines that have been passed down generationally throughout the bloody history of mankind, you will realise that opposition of written law is necessary and profound. With coherent economic, social and political consciousness, you will turn out to be a revolutionary socialist.
Even an engineer young engineer in industrial advances has not intentions to ensure that millions of workers lose their jobs while a handful of monopoly capitalists make a fortune and squander money of luxury. Perhaps you are an engineer pursuing the science and technology of artificial intelligence. While you intend to simplify production, your efforts surpass your expectations. Surely no engineer dreams of that. Surely the creators of Instagram- with less than thirty employees at establishment- had no intentions to bring Kodak- with thousands of employees- out of business. If you pursue limitations in society with the same vigour that has driven your mechanical innovation you will determine that under the reign of private property and wage-slavery, all attempts in the advancement of human existence shall leave the poor in more suffering and only bear pleasure for the few who are privileged to enjoy profits.
The passing on of existing knowledge for profits should be condemned. Say you are a qualified in schooling students and you are passionate about the young. One day your most improving literature student manages to do better than all other students and is writing stunning poetry. But when the student returns home, the parents reprimand them inhospitably for want of respect to the priest. The student then subverts the passion for literature over the fear and respect of a priest, which culminate into submission. When the student becomes inseparable from the bible, your best student turns out poor as they even dream of becoming a priest. Like the young engineer, you come to a brood about the realities that are imposed by the superstructure. In two ways really, as you will also carp the fact that the poems that you teach have nothing to do with the reality of your life or the lives of your students today.
To the young artists, the art of our time is profitmaking, the vicissitudes are hurried because if it cannot assist the schema of the imperialists today, then it cannot be acknowledged and rewarded. Most artists are slowly dissipating into a history that will be disposed in revolutionary fury. But if your heart is among humanity, whether or not you enjoy reward, you cannot remain neutral. You will come to the side of those who are fighting for justice and freedom, you will pursue art with revolutionary awareness.
Is there, but, the ludicrous ways of humanity? If all human beings were to disregard all sophisms, it would be easy to appeal to man to work for the transformation of society. All suggestions of idealistic illusions and liberal education imposed by the superstructure shall become irrelevant and with application of the dictates of nature and principles of liberty and egalitarianism, man shall be emancipated.
When you are a man conscious of their surroundings and has devoted their knowledge and capacity to the cause of social emancipation, when you reject history as written by the conquerors, when you pursue science for the modifying of anthropology, sociology and ethics, when you can convince society that all ills are to be cured from the roots, when you can show that actual life is gruesome and can tell to extents what a rational life would and should be. When you possess the knowhow and ability to serve where you are needed, you must never take an opportunity to be trapped in a composite assumption of superiority. Your efforts on this path shall bear fruit if you come not as an ambitious master or ruler but as a comrade in struggle.
Even upon grasp of the above without err, others will be left however without the necessary reason or courage to act. Perhaps the truth of the dilemmas that life present is too simple after all, it will not be this easy to lead individuals into championing the cause of social revolution, particularly individuals who have been exposed to bourgeois backgrounds and voluminous sophisms. But the contradictions within the social order and the global events facilitated by imperialists that continue to put the lives of the majority in jeopardy highlights the magnitude of the cause and the profound struggle a socialist struggle is.
All those who endure the misery caused by the imperialist social order, from a young age, know that those with chubby and shiny chicks in trendy clothing are not their equals, neither socially nor economically. While others go to schools and academies, you are shut in factories and farms, and at a later stage, the others- while less intelligent, but better educated than you- become your superiors, relishing all the pleasures of life. This is the same weary existence that your mother and father have endured for more than you have lived, anxious of the realisation of bread on the table. Will you devote yourself to providing luxury and pleasure to a minority of loafers? Perhaps you will give up given that generations throughout their historical existence, men have endured the same and even worse. If you are to become a lumpen, and live in submission, it will take pains to enlighten you.
Imperialism is prone to crises ones capable of destroying whole industries leaving millions of workers in melancholy. Upon crisis, your family will capitulate to privations, for mere want of food, you shall spend days as a unit of pauper while the rich continue their pleasant lives with disregard for those who starve and croak. Reflection will point out to the contradictions in the social order that continue to marginalise billions at the expense of an avaricious minority. One day, when your master decides to reduce your wages to increase their fortune and you are told to go home if you are in opposition of the idea, when you understand the inferiority with which you are looked upon by your boss, and that you are a slave chained by the wage system, again at this point, you will understand that socialism is inevitable and desirable.
Mother, after bearing life, do you ever reflect on the future awaiting your children or generations to follow them? Do you wish your offspring would loaf as their forefathers, with no quest than that of daily survival? Do you wish your children to be subjects of those who have inherited capital to exploit? Will not your blood boil when your partner accepts the terms dictated by capitalists in great contempt? There is no denying the contribution women have made in struggles to advance human existence and to undermine the contribution women offer to the revolutionary struggle for socialism is to undermine not only socialism in principle, but the advancements in human existence in their entirety.
Every one of the young will then understand the privileges of being human, privileges that are denied to the majority by inequality. You will come and work with comrades in preparation for revolution. None of you will be left with the desire to continue to limit others, you shall open an avant-garde scope of joyous existence characterised by wellbeing for all, under principles of liberty and egalitarianism. You shall work with all for all and you shall never heed those who dismiss the splendid outcomes of a socialist revolution based on the fact that we are hardly adequate in number because it is us- the majority- who suffer injustice. It is the billions in all our varied experiences and vocations who are in agony and endure daily distress. We the young dare not wait for an idol, not for our sake, but for the sake of human existence, let us revolt against all oppression and exploitation.