On Tuesday 30th July, Gillian Godsell on her Radio 1485 AM program, ‘Jozi Today’, interviewed me with three other participants, talking about the ‘poverty’ parts of Johannesburg that we tend to avoid.
The other three guests blow me away;
Nigel Bracken, who with his family, two young daughters, and an addition born in the Johannesburg public hospital, describes their motivation and experiences, I am riveted.
Julian Hewitt, is embarking on a month in a Mamelodi shack, with his wife and two young daughters is taking a great step towards our future.
David Smith, nearly my age, finding himself in a space where he wished to free his mind, started the Walking Johanneburg photo initiative, as he takes to the road to free his mind.
I listen to them intently, we do not hear any claims about what they have given to the poverty group, no, today we find only the satisfaction that they have received by sharing themselves with the poverty group. No material donations, only Ubuntu, only sharing themselves with the community.
Very little conflict in attitude and perceptions is heard from the four participants, each wishing to learn from the other. Thank you Gillian Godsell for producing this exciting interaction, and for the skilled manner in which you extracted the magic from the team you interviewed.
For the next two days my wife Nettie and I analyse the ‘Jozi Today’ interview, debating a few of the comments and motivations, discussing to what level the three participants have opened their filters of their minds to receive information, we celebrate the discovery of others who have achieved the status of a receptive mind, a mind that sees social issues without restriction.
Two days later, with this blog still in the drafting phase, we hear a Radio 702 interview, discussing the pros and cons of the ‘Butter & Margarine’ debate, a normally very one-sided decree, that has become part of our lives since 1977.
Prof Tim Noakes is aggressively supporting the use of butter, to the extent that he is ‘anti’ the use of margarine. I immediately pay attention, Prof Tim Noakes has previously had input into my eating habits when I was introduced to the Comrades in 1997, as a novice runner we were encouraged, no, ‘forced by general opinion’, to take guidance from the two gurus, Prof Tim Noakes and Bruce Fordyce:-
“Carbo-load, carbo-load, carbo-load”,
to where I am 20kg overweight today.
I am aware that Prof Tim Noakes recently released his ‘protein’ diet, and briefly, we very successfully followed it for a few weeks, but due to the life-style, no, not life-style, the mindset imprinted on us by decree during the 1980’s, I am back to 20kg too heavy.
As an 65 year-old, the butter vs margarine mindset adjusted our lives drastically from 1977, so, as a Margarine family, we listen to the interview with – initially a closed mind, already moulded by thirty years of ‘no fats’.
As we listen to Prof Tim Noakes debate, we are able to understand that he no longer relies on other’s research to mould his academic findings and principles. He has successfully allowed the ‘filters of his mind’ to open, allowing information to flow freely into his brain, that, a few years back, would have been as selective as all the Margarine supporters minds.
Thanks to the research colleague supporting the Margarine mindset, we are able to identify that our mindset has been programmed, we realise that it is not a lifestyle, it is only in our minds, through cleverly using the ‘filter of our minds’, filters to protect our brains from being flooded by information, they slip through the positive that we want to hear.
“Use Margarine and you will be healthy, you will live longer,”
they allow our filters to protect the mindset under the guise of what we want to hear, a healthy life-style.
Today, as we listen, Prof. Tim Noakes talks with authority and conviction on subjects that others will take years to research. He is prepared to acknowledge that he has been wrong, you can hear that this message is his message, he is not calling on other experts to support his theory. It is no longer just a message, it is the FACT.
When you listen to such conviction, conviction developed through a mind that allows every aspect of a specific topic to enter freely, unrestricted, you can follow this message without fear.
The debate took place barely two hours back, and we have already given up carbohydrates, except for those that sneak in through the vegetables, and we are looking for the animal fats, that we have denied our bodies for thirty odd years.
Based on our academic thought process, developed through the University of Knowledge’, we can highly recommend the Prof Tim Noakes advice that we need to revert to our pre-1977 eating habits, when eating was not a life-style.
During the past seven years, Nettie and I have allowed the ‘filters of our minds’, to open, specifically with regard to South African social issues. In the elite areas, it brands us as crazy radicals, in the poverty areas, we are seen as a persons who continually change direction as our thought process continues to understand, continually moving towards the answer.
The Gillian Godsell and the Prof. Tim Noakes interviews, have become an important yard-stick of what we will use as examples on how to define a persons mind. Who has allowed the restrictive filters of their minds, to open sufficiently to allow information on a specific topic, that is not already part of their understanding and beliefs, to flow into their brain?
A word of warning:
“Be warned, the filters of your mind perform a specific function to protect your brain from input that would make life difficult to handle is these filters were not in place.”
“Specific filters can be opened, bit by bit, and soon, a specific area of your brain will receive everything bit of relevant information on the topic, no matter which source it originates from.”
“When this happens, you will never be able to close these filters again.”
On the Positive Side:
“When this happens, you will live a life more fulfilling than the one you lived in unison of the masses who have not had the privilege of one of their ‘mind filters’ being opened.”
Cedric & Nettie de la Harpe
Follow Radio 1485 interview for an understanding of the mindset changes. Podcast: http://fb.me/JKnIZTtE with @gilliangodsell @Nigel_Braken @mamelodi4amonth @DazMSmith
My apologies to all my family and friends who believe that they have open minds and that we are crazy radicals.
You may not support our radical social views, but take note of the Butter vs Margarine and for your own sake, go with Prof Tim Noakes and the Butter & Animal fat diet.
Cedric de la Harpe.