What does Harvard, Stanford and some Indian schools have in common I ask. Cheating by students during examinations if the news reports are to be believed since every now and then we read x-amount of students is suspended. We are not saved from this public disgrace in this country either. We read of the same thing in our schools and it may even be true. Certainly I know of at least one practising attorney who got his LLB degree (called JD in America) by bribing a lecturer (still giving classes and still not exceedingly bright) with a pound or two biltong (in American knowns as beef jerky).
You have to wonder how far the world has gone to pieces when an educated man is willing to risk anything never mind his reputation for a few dollars' worth of biltong. It comes down to dishonesty and we find it everywhere and anywhere and in ways you may not have thought of before. For instance the men who just have to drive at top speed or far above the national speed limit because of what? I don't know really because every modern car which is not my mom's Chevrolet Spark is capable of reaching high speeds. It is really no big deal and it does not increase the size of your manhood to do so. Perhaps if you ate less and are less fat everything will work as God designed it to do and then you have no need to prove yourself with your right foot (I was tempted to say right hand, blah).
Speed kills. We all know that and have heard it so many times. Still, I guarantee you, in the coming Easter Weekend many will die because they are inherently dishonest as dishonest people will always break the law. They will not abide by the rules. They will drink and drive and they will tow their overloaded trailers at speeds the trailer tires were never designed to reach and they will be speeding recklessly past everyone else not even saying thank you when you let them go past just to get rid of them. And then when stopped by the few traffic policemen on duty they will lie and say they had to go to the airport or that they have to visit the toilet or whatever lie they can think out at the spur of the moment. It is never their fault.
Why are we so easy convinced we are entitled to paraphernalia which we have no real need for? Do you know what it the first thing a newly created millionaire buys? I read a study the other day which was insightful. They say the lucky idiot buys first a fancy car and then a big screen television and then designer clothes. Now fair enough in this place you need a car and you have to have one to transport the big screen television and designer clothes. How else must you get it home? I get that. Go and buy a car and drive in the speed limit and Bob is your uncle.
A big screen television set with full surround sound? Well debatable but fair enough, if you don't really go out and it gives you pleasure then why not. Of course, seeing our fat politicians that big is frightening. I am sure it will frighten the kids but then big screen television people seldom watches news on it so it will be sport, soccer, cricket and rugby with the nerds watching tennis. Since I never watch rugby if I can help it and tennis only at Wimbledon and then only women tennis as the smash & serve variety from the men is crap I suppose only cricket is left. But with cricket you always fear they will choke again and that spoils it for me. You know you are on to a hiding for nothing. Soccer doesn't even feature to me. It is a sport I have never understood and have zero interest in. I would not even be able to tell you single famous player though I have hear of Maradona because of drug issues he had but that is it. To me soccer is a bunch of crazed moms running up and down the field hurling insults at everyone and seems to be proud of that for reasons I don't get. Oh yes and then the soccer hooligans and racists getting drunk and trying to act tough. That I don't get either but then I am middle-aged and probably too set in my ways to be bothered. However, studies also shown most newly rich goes out to get drunk and laid and are seldom home to enjoy the television set. So why bother?
Ah the designer clothes. What a total waste of money to buy a brand name for no other reason than the brand name. How low must your self-esteem be if a pair of jeans from Pepstores does not do it for you? Do you think you fat ass is going to look better in a more expensive brand? It won't. What is the purpose of clothing? To cover your nakedness and give protection against the elements or to show the world you managed to steal a couple of million in a tender fraud? I don't get it and smiled cynically when I read an independent (it never is) test revealed that designer sunglasses are no better than the cheapies sold on the street. So imagine spending hundreds if not thousands on those brand name sunglasses and you benefited what? Nothing, you just proved to the dishonest salesman you are a fool easily parted with your money. It is funny.
Now all the above can still be good but not when you repeat the cycle all the time to a degree, if you want to play with words, where it becomes a stupid habit. It is proven time and time again that we have too much clothes, too many shoes and way too much crap. Half the women in Pommyland, that is the UK for you, will not even wear some of the clothes they bought. You don't need to be newly created millionaire to waste you money. Most people will live in debt and be slaves of the banksters for the rest of their lives. I wanted to say miserable lives because I don't want that kind of stress where you have to bully your clients for money every month so that your habit can be serviced. Nope, rather have less and be happy is my motto.
I will not pay a professor to obtain a degree either, not even a pound of biltong. Why not? I don't need to. I am smart enough to get the degree on my own and I did. I just had to use my brain which my Lord gave me for free. I don't need to drive at 150 miles per hour either. Why not? I have done so many times in Flying Squad to save lives. Now I own a decent wristwatch and the ability to plan my appointments. I leave early enough and do not have self-esteem problems to compensate for. Everything works well on me, no need to compensate with my right foot or hand for that matter. And the lack of designer clothes in my cupboard? Well, they don't come in my size and I would rather have money in the bank where the banksters owe me money. Hence I am in control and they beg me for investments and to make debt. I like my way more. Their constant begging is vastly amusing and entertaining, it makes up for the lack of the big screen television too. Enjoy your week.
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.