He­roes de­bate con­tin­ues . . .

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I fear stray­ing from my in­tended idea this week —He­roes Day: Let’s start creat­ing oth­ers. As I wrote last week about the (un)mak­ing of he­roes, I dis­cov­ered that this is a lengthy dis­cus­sion we might have so I shall try to be as brief as pos­si­ble and ar­tic­u­late my ideas as they are — raw.

Let me re­mind my faith­ful read­ers that the space does not make one a hero, it’s what you have been do­ing, con­tinue and die do­ing which im­pacts the so­ci­ety such that we feel in­flu­enced by your ac­tions and vow to pro­tect and de­fend your legacy and name. How­ever, stray­ing does not elim­i­nate your his­tory; it mas­sively de­nounces you from be­ing quickly re­mem­bered and hav­ing a pow­er­ful im­pact in our lives.

I shall again re­mind you that the Na­tional He­roes Acre is a sanc­ti­fied space, re­served for the brave women and men who played a de­ci­sive role in lib­er­at­ing and de­fend­ing those gains un­til they gasped — so do not as­sume the propen­sity of the ab­surd when you cease to ex­ist, de­mand­ing that you be laid to rest among those loyal to “gwara reZim­bahwe” we do not want to be se­lec­tive when de­scrib­ing that space — spare us the frost.

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