Robin 021I wish I had kept it – a Woman’s letter to me about how her husband had bought his family’s freedom and safety with his life. He saw his teenage daughters being accosted by rough youths more and more frequently, he heard about the increase in rapes, two more of his friends were murdered and many robbed and mugged as South Africa slid down to the level of the other sub-Saharan African countries, and he was desperate.

He couldn’t afford to immigrate, didn’t have the qualifications, and knew that “Investor Entrepreneur Immigrants” were welcomed in Canada. So he committed suicide with his shotgun so that the insurance settlement could save his beloved family. defines nostalgia as “a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.”

Too often, nostalgia is a thin layer of pretty, fallen petals floating on a fetid cesspit of escapism, avoidance of responsibility, procrastination, cowardice, hopelessness… and it simply defers and exacerbates one’s problems. Driving while looking in the rear view mirror for too long usually results in tragedy. You can’t create a happy future while you’re focused on “the good old days.”

His family did escape a country in steep decline, with 50 murders a day, 65,000 (reported) rapes per year, violent crime that is out of control, overt anti-white racism, and 7,000 white farmers brutally murdered since Mandela’s take-over in 1994. And yet South Africans who were fortunate enough to leave that sinking ship parade around singing the praises of that country, honouring Mandela, and sporting the collectivist flag of the very government that forced them from their homeland. Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing.

Allow no more than four minutes a day for nostalgia, and maintain perspective. We’re creating our futures now, living in the real world, and we need to remember that and be grateful for it.

Robin Elliott