Getting the house in order

17th February, 2011

I’ve never imagined for a second that I was perfect. I know I’m full of stupidity, occasional myopia and some prejudice, but that doesn’t mean I’m not capable of correcting myself. I thought the month of love might be a good time to clear the air. To those I have offended, here is your long-awaited apology:

To Former President Mbeki: I’m sorry I compared you to Stalin and begged the ANC to unseat you in Polokwane. You were a thinker and you were sensitive, like the poets of old. I was a loud white guy who criticised you a lot, and it annoyed you and made you justifiably petulant. I’ll bring you a bottle of whiskey in Killarney if you will let me in at the gate and not set your dogs on me.

To Cindy Nel: I’m sorry I said that you didn’t really win Miss SA and that Sami Sabiti read the results the wrong way round. You’re a beautiful woman and you turn me on. It must have been my inability to charm you that frustrated me into being nasty.

To the late Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang: I’m not glad you’re dead. That’s a hateful, hurtful, vicious thing to say and I only wanted you out of the cabinet, not out of living existence. If only I had become an atheist sooner, then God would have ignored my evil prayers. I deserve some shame. If you were here right now, I’d buy some few rounds to try to make up.

To Comrade Blade Nzimande: You’re not ugly Blade. What I said was ugly, and it turned me a little uglier. Watch this season of Idols and you’ll see how much I have deteriorated. Bad things happen because I deserve them.

To Helen Zille: I’m sorry about all the horrible jokes (concubines, Botox etc), bad impersonations and on-air questions about toilets. You work really hard and you deserve more respect than I have given you. You’re also looking really good, and you have much to be proud of.

To Alec Irwin, former Energy Minister: Your hair looks great!I

To all the failed Idols contestants: I might have been crass and insensitive, especially in the first season or two. I behaved like an attention-seeking moron. The show is not about me, it’s about you – and I’ve finally grown up and realised that. Randall, I admit, is unlikely to have the same epiphany.

To Mssrs. Lekota, Kortbroek van Schalkwyk and Shilowa: I’m afraid I can’t find it in me to forgive you. Your betrayals, lies and pursuit of self-aggrandizement is the most horrible thing I have seen in politics in South Africa since 1976. You can’t think it’s acceptable to deceive huge swathes of people who voted for you, just to ensure your own political survival. I won’t apologise to you, nor should any of us trust you again.

To everyone else who may have tuned in to my radio show, seen me on TV, or read a tweet, post or blog, and found something revolting in my delivery or content, I thought I’d better man-up and own the bad. To the three people I mentioned above, I wish you would do the same.



  1. Zelda says:

    Gareth So why if you don’t believe in the mighty GOD above are you making such stupid programs like Comedy Central, if you don’t like GOD STOP SAYING HIS NAME IN VAIN, Where is everybody’s respect, see how you will come by when you go to HELL ONEDAY!!!!

    Just get a life and stop humiliating yourself!!!!

  2. Zelda says:


    The Great Faith
    As revealed to
    Marshall Vian Summers
    on April 25, 2007
    in Jerusalem

    It is necessary now to consider what real faith is in the light of great change in the world, with the coming Great Waves that will sweep across the face of the world, with the Greater Darkness that is in the world. Your understanding of faith must change. It must take a higher ground, a more secure position, a more authentic understanding and expression.

    This faith must be based upon what is unseen, not upon what is seen. It must be based upon what is known and most deeply felt. It cannot be based upon appearances. It cannot be based upon the manifestations of nations and religions, or it will suffer terribly and fail you in the time of crisis and great need.

    Your faith must be in something greater than what humanity has created. It must be in something greater than what the institutions of the world have created.

    You see your faith is meant to keep your mind focused on a Greater Power that resides within you and within the minds and hearts of all who dwell here. It is this power within you and around you that must be the focus and substance of your faith.

    For consider, if your faith is based upon the manifestations of life—the creations of humanity, what human institutions have developed—then how can this faith be sustained into the future? What will happen to your faith when nations clash, when terrible acts are committed against innocent people in the name of God and religion? What will happen to your faith when people go hungry and starvation increases as the world’s supply of fresh water and food declines due to environmental degradation and overuse? What will happen to your faith when holy sites are desecrated, when places beloved by people are destroyed through turmoil, through competition, conflict and war?

    What will happen to your faith within these scenarios? If you believe that God is the author of all that takes place, how will you justify these things? How will you keep God holy, merciful and beneficial if you think God is the author of human behavior and human conflict? There must be a clarification here. There must be a greater understanding, or faith will fail you if it has not done so already.

    There are many people today whose faith has already been shattered. They have grown cynical and their fear has become justified. They do not believe in a greater promise for humanity. And if they are religious, they will think that humanity will suffer under the weight of God’s recrimination and punishment.

    They think these things because they have lost faith in what is most essential in life. They are unaware of the great endowment of Knowledge—a greater intelligence that has been given to the human family that resides within each heart, as a potential within each person. They have seen their dreams be shattered through human conflict, corruption and degradation. And now their heart is closed and their minds are dark. They will easily succumb to the Greater Darkness in the world that will speak to their fear, to their anger and to their distrust. They are unaware of the great endowment from the Creator of all life.

    It is this endowment—this deeper intelligence, this mysterious power, this invisible force—which must be the source and focus of your faith. Everything around you can change. Everything around you is subject to destruction and to desecration. Yet what God has placed within you is beyond the reach of human deception and corruption. It is beyond the reach of manipulation and seduction by any force, whether it be a human force or a force from beyond the world.

    This Greater Power within you is here to guide you, to protect you, and to lead you to your greatest expression in life—your greater contributions to the world and to all life here. It is within you at this moment. And it will be within you each moment regardless of what happens on the outside.

    If your faith is in things seen and touched, then you are placing yourself in great vulnerability and you are ensuring that your future will be filled with anger and disappointment, shock and tragedy.

    You are entering very turbulent times in the world. The world is in decline and its resources are diminishing. Yet human populations continue to grow. There has been great damage to the life-sustaining resources of this world, and the environment has been compromised to a very great degree. And there are forces from beyond the world who are here to take advantage of a weak and divided humanity.

    Where will your faith stand in the face of all these great travails and challenges? How will you maintain your focus on the great promise for humanity? How will you avoid losing faith in yourself, in other people, in nations, in governments and in God, as your world undergoes cataclysmic change? Your life is destined to have immense disappointment, confusion and disillusionment if your faith is in things seen, heard and touched.

    It is the Greater Power of Knowledge—the mystery, the evidence of things unseen—that must be the focus of your faith, that must be the heart of your religion, that must be the source of your encouragement, your wisdom and your guidance.

    This is the Great Faith. This is the faith that requires reinforcement. This is the faith that will ask of you to place your confidence in a greater unseen Power—a Power that you may only experience intermittently or even rarely.

    This Greater Power has been known to the true practitioners of religion throughout the ages. However, it goes unrecognized for nearly all the people today regardless of their nation or their faith tradition.

    This is why there is a New Message from God in the world—a Message to restore this faith, to emphasize its importance and to show you how it provides you freedom from vulnerability, freedom from anger and freedom from disappointment and disillusionment. For you may lose faith in all things seen and touched, but your faith in Knowledge must remain strong. If this can be the case, then you will be able to withstand the Great Waves of change without losing your appreciation for your Divine nature and the Divine nature of all others who dwell here. You will be able to practice forgiveness, tolerance and restraint—things that you would lose otherwise without this Great Faith.

    This Great Faith ensures that the Power of God is there to guide you, to protect you and to lead you to great accomplishments in life. Without such a faith, you would not see this greater possibility, you would not recognize the signs within yourself and you would not heed the direction that is provided. For you would be overtaken by the world around you—swayed by the grievances, the rage and the conflict that you see and hear around you. You would be lost—swept away by the Great Waves of change, overtaken by human suffering, overwhelmed by a world you could not understand. And your mind would become filled with anger, fear and revenge.

    Your destiny then becomes clear, for without this Great Faith you will fall into darkness, and you will lose your connection to the Divine. You will pray for things to change. You will pray for things to get better. You will pray for your life to be spared. But all your prayers will be filled with fear and misunderstanding. They will not be based upon the Great Faith that you must have if you are to endure the Great Waves of change and to be a light in a world of darkness.

    Yet Knowledge is not simply here to guide and protect you. It is here to enable you to discover and to express the greater gifts that you have brought into the world. You have come into the world at a time of great change and upheaval. And this great change and upheaval, instead of defeating you, instead of sending you into confusion and darkness, will actually call forth from you the gifts that you have come to give. For this is the world that you have come to serve. Its circumstances will give definition to your greater purpose and meaning here.

    Perhaps you can begin to see here that the circumstances that would defeat you otherwise are those very circumstances that will illuminate you and will call forth your great gifts to the world. This is an entirely different response from the response of most people around you. This is an entirely different response from the one you would have if the Great Faith were not sustained within you.

    For whether humanity is rising or falling, the power of Knowledge is within you. You can amplify this power in others by sharing the Great Faith with them and by sharing the New Message from God with them, which speaks of this Great Faith and emphasizes its vital importance both now and in the future.

    This is the Power of God within you. This is your connection to God. This is what will fulfill the deeper need of your soul, which goes unsatisfied by all the pleasures and excitements of the world. For the soul needs to realize its purpose and to fulfill it here in the world. That is the great need of your soul. And this need can be satisfied, even if civilizations are clashing, even if all hope seems to be lost in the minds and hearts of people around you.

    Who will guide them then except those who have this Great Faith? Who will restore them and give them strength, courage and wisdom except those who have this Great Faith? Who will be a light unto the world and who will be able to counteract the Greater Darkness in the world except those who have this Great Faith? Who will be able to see beyond the divisions of religious ideology and historical interpretation, and who will be able to mend the conflicts that exist between the world’s religions except those who have this Great Faith? Who will be the peacekeepers and the peacemakers, who will not turn to violence, who will not take sides and struggle, except those who have this Great Faith?

    You must have faith then in what the Creator of all life has placed within you to guide, to protect and to lead you to your greater expression and accomplishment in the world. Your confidence in anything else must be very reserved and conditional. For so much will change and you must allow this change to happen. You may speak out against its dangers and you may try to offset its more damaging consequences, but you must allow this change to occur.

    What you can give to people is food, water, shelter and the Great Faith. Taking care of people, feeding people, assisting people and giving people the Great Faith—this is what will be needed. For it is only the Great Faith that will give humanity a future. It is only the Great Faith that will enable you and others to navigate the difficult waters ahead. It will be your raft in the turbulent seas.

    Only this Great Faith will show humanity that it has great cause to unite in its own defense and for the protection of the world. It is this that will allow humanity to have a greater future—a future greater than its past. However, this future will not be based upon political mandates or religious ideologies. It will be established and built upon a Great Faith.

    Only the power of Knowledge within you can withstand the vicissitudes of life and the conflicts of the world. Knowledge is here on a mission within you and within each person to make a specific and unique contribution to a world in need. Knowledge within you is fully prepared to deal with the difficulties ahead even though you yourself are not. Only Knowledge within you can remain pure and unaffected even though people around you will be enraged, terrified and uncertain. It is the certainty born of Knowledge that will be your true counsel and your true guide and will be the evidence of a Greater Power within you and within the world.

    You work for the good. You try to alleviate suffering. Yet you must do this under the guidance of Knowledge, or the world will capture you and take you away. You will fall into its divisions and its conflicts. You will take sides and you will struggle and you will fight.

    Even your desire to serve humanity must be guided by this Greater Power within you. Otherwise your desire to give will be built upon your own ambitions, your own ideals and your own grievances. It will not be pure and it will not be effective. Your desire for a better world, and even your ideas how to establish a better world in whatever field you are interested in or in which you have expertise, must be guided by Knowledge or your ideas and your actions will not be effective. For only God has an answer for the future. You do not have an answer.

    The change that is upon humanity is far too great for your intellect to comprehend. It is far too great for your intellect to solve without this Great Faith and without this Greater Power. You as an individual and humanity as a whole are being been driven to a point of desperation where you must find the power of Knowledge or risk failure and collapse.

    That is why there is a New Message from God in the world because it is only this Greater Power that can save humanity. It is only this Great Faith that can overlook the divisions of humanity—the divisions of cultures, the divisions of religion, the divisions of race and the divisions of economic power. It is only this Great Faith that is unaffected by the past—by the turbulent, violent and grave history of the human family.

    The New Message speaks to the need of the soul and the need to find and fulfill your mission in the world. For you are not here by accident. You have not simply washed up upon the shore. You have come here for a purpose. You have come to serve a world in need and to make a unique and specific contribution. Yet only Knowledge within you really knows what this is.

    People are very impatient and want to have the answer right away, so they create an answer that is appealing to them and that makes them feel good and comfortable, safe and secure. But these notions, these ideas and these propositions have no power in the face of the Great Waves of change. They will crumble under the weight of human destiny. They are mere wishes. They have no strength, no wisdom and no security in them.

    You must have a Greater Power within you to rely upon. You must have a Great Faith in this power. This faith must not be built upon things that you can see and touch or upon ideas and systems of belief. It must have a greater foundation. For the foundations of religion and the foundations of government will all be shaken and in some cases will even collapse in the face of the Great Waves of change.

    You must have a foundation that is greater than the world. You must strengthen this foundation by taking the Steps to Knowledge, by learning the Way of Knowledge, by receiving God’s New Message and by recognizing this Great Faith in all the great religious traditions of the world.

    The Great Faith is not new; it has only been forgotten. It has only been overshadowed by ritual, history and belief. It has been forgotten. People believe in institutions, in sanctuaries, in rituals and in historical interpretations. They follow great leaders, avatars, saviors and saints. But they have forgotten the most important thing. And that is the Great Faith.

    When you pray, ask for Knowledge to become strong and to guide you—to reveal to you your errors, to show you your weaknesses and to show you what you must correct, what you must strengthen and what you must set aside. Ask for its counsel and its wisdom, and also ask for the strength to follow it, the courage to follow it and the freedom that it will give you.

    If you are to follow the great way, you must have this strength, this courage and this freedom. These will not come all at once, You gain them incrementally, step by step. You build your connection to Knowledge. You become aware of Knowledge and sensitive to it. You begin to heed its messages and its warnings. You feel the restraint it provides you and you allow it to propel your life in a certain direction. And you learn over time to distinguish the power of Knowledge from all other forces within your mind—from all other compulsions and impulses, ideas and persuasions.

    This takes time to learn and to develop. And you must learn these things and develop these things if the Great Faith is to become substantial and real to you and if its immense service to you and to humanity is to be realized.

    Therefore, recognize what deserves your faith and your devotion. Realize that that which is unseen has all of the power and that which is seen is what is weak and vulnerable. Here you will see that God is great and that the world is small, that nations and religions are vulnerable and that human weakness is everywhere.

    Here you will see that everything that occurs to you in life will either show you the evidence of Knowledge or the need for Knowledge. With this understanding, everything that happens will substantiate your Great Faith, the Great Faith that you must now have. For this is your future and this is your promise, this is your calling and this is your mission.

    Allow God’s New Message to reveal this to you without compromise and without distortion from the past. Then you will be able to see its evidence in all the great religious traditions. Here you will see the great teachers and the great messengers from the past in a different light. And you will understand their actions and their mission far more clearly, for your mission will be emerging within you slowly as you take the steps to Knowledge.

    May the power and the presence of Knowledge be with you this day. May your mind become still. May you learn to listen and to discern the evidence of the Greater Power within you. May you abide with it and may you give it your Great Faith, for here your faith finds its true home and its true expression.

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