2016 was not a great year, by any measurement. Not for the world, nor for South Africa. And 2017 is not shaping up to be any better. What to do?
We in our little economy on the southern tip of Africa can do next to nothing about what is going on in the world, so we can only watch as Europe implodes, America elects an egomaniacal narcissistic nutcase, Britain feels the effect of Brexit, China tries to control its self-inflicted bubbles, and with Putin on the prowl, looking to cause mischief wherever he can, I have the urge to shout, “Stop the world, I want to get off.”
On home soil, the reality show called South Africa continues to defy conventional wisdom, with a rudderless ruling party, corruption at the highest levels of government and state institutions, and the perpetrators fighting their comeuppance with every breath in their guilt addled bodies. Then, on university campuses, we can expect a repeat of 30 year old students demanding free education, free holidays, free looting, and freedom to behave like pampered and deranged 12 year olds.
I shudder to think what other horrors 2017 will bring, so I have decided to take refuge in numerology. Yes, numerology. It may have mystical connotations, but it’s a damn side better than trying to make sense of what is going on today’s world with any rational explanation. And try tell the Chicago Cubs baseball team that the number 108 has no significance for them. In 2016, they eventually won the World Series after 108 years. In so doing it took them 108 outs to win the NLCS and 108 outs to win the World Series (27 outs per game x 4 games won = 108 outs). AG Spalding, the Chicago Cubs’ first manager and owner of the Spalding sporting goods, wrote a rule into the National League’s first set of rules requiring teams to only use Spalding baseballs. His baseballs have 108 stitches. His office was at 108 W. Madison. Then, the distance from both the left field and right field foul poles to home plate at Wrigley Field is 108 metres. Don’t forget the movies Taking Care of Business and Back to the Future Part II which feature the Cubs winning the World Series. Both movies are 108 minutes long. You want more? Cub’s game broadcasts are transmitted from the top of the Willis Tower, which is 108 stories tall. The World Series trophy is made of silver, which carries the atomic weight of 108. Cubs star pitcher Jon Lester was born in the 108th largest city in the US, Tacoma Washington. There’s much more, Google it.
So let us play our own South African game of numerology, using 2017 as our base and looking back to important political dates in its history. I am going to focus on the numbers 23, 46 and 69. It was 69 years ago that the Nationalist Party took power in a highly contested election. Then, 46 years later, the ANC won power in our first democratic election. And today, 23 years later it is 2017 with an anticipated change of power at the helm of the ANC, and I’m looking for political solutions.
In numerology, 23 has elements of companionship, diplomacy, and teamwork energies, and also creativity. The number 46 in numerology is widely considered as the ruler number, which can produce great leaders for the country and also the world’s most famous people (Mandela took power 46 years after the Nationalists took power!). What about 46+23=69? If pared down to politics or countries, 69 equates to harmony among the people it perceives are in its realm of activity.
Based on this numerological interpretation of 23, 46 and 69, we can expect harmony, diplomacy, teamwork, and creativity. And dare we hope that a great leader emerges? I will take this over any rational prognosis, because in 2017 rational equals irrational, and numerology equals hope.