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5) RESPECT

I always thought this word described something that was earned.  A sincere and genuine sentiment inspired in us by another.  I Respect Rafael Nadals ability to hold his own, even on clay, against the rising talent of Novak Djokavic despite the latter’s apparent talent dominance in men’s tennis at the moment. I respect him because he still able to win quite often, even though arguably outgunned.  It shows a certain mental quality that I recognize, admire and possibly even envy.
I’m sure the above is a simple enough statement and an understandable sentiment.  It’s what I feel rightly or wrongly, so I can state it freely.  Nobody should be able to hold your true feelings against you, even though they can perhaps moderate how you express them if there is a danger they may harm others.
What is to be the appropriate reaction then, to a screaming politician like former youth league leader Julius Malema demanding respect but not showing it?  What about a terrorist organization demanding respec…

4) Behind the STATISTICS

The previous post focused on data and trends relating group identities and values, but what about the real human face and consequence behind these statistics?
“Too Much Too Many” follows David Johnson's South African road trip looking at human population and consumption growth impacts. David's love of South Africa meant he relocated from London to Cape Town in February 2007.  He's a qualified environmental / town planning lawyer and a qualified field guide (what most people call a game ranger). 
He's written on population and consumption matters for international organizations such as Africa Geographic and the Cape Times. David has also spoken about Too Much Too Many on SABC3's Expresso Show, John Maytham's 567 CapeTalk radio show and the Otherwiseshow on SA FM
Unlike the PEW research center and other such research organizations, he's not looking for statistics but rather meeting real people whose personal stories highlight why taboos need to be broken and why…

3) Making the link between IDENTITY and VALUES

I quite enjoy the Pew ResearchCenter because they are a non-partisan, non-advocacy data and research organization.  They are principally concerned with the data and statistics rather than taking or advising a particular position.
Have a look at http://www.pewresearch.org/and play around.  We quickly get feel that our attitudes and values on issues of the day are linked to our identities in terms of racial, cultural and religious groupings.  These identifiers link certain value systems to the group and produce trends that make value systems almost predictable by such groupings.
You will find trends in attitudes to gay marriage in the very religious, or among Muslims being different to the non-religious or even the politically liberal for instance.  Sometimes these trends are common knowledge and sometimes they are surprising, but usually they are interesting in some way or another.
Taking a position on this issue:
Attitudes on abortion, contraception, women’s rights, children’s rights, mis…

2) IDENTITY

Here is a table showing the different religious grouping in South Africa according to the 2001 national Census.SA Census 2001Denomination Adherents Dutch Reformed churches 3,005,697 Zion Christian churches 4,971,931 Catholic churches 3,181,332 Methodist churches 3,035,719 Pentecostal/Charismatic churches 3,695,211 Anglican churches 1,722,076 Apostolic Faith Mission 246,193 Lutheran churches 1,130,983 Presbyterian churches