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Entertainment - Date: 26 January 2019
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 1475
“I spent a very considerable amount of time observing life as people were living it every day and I came to realise that our society today is facing many problems that we cannot solve because those who are supposed to find solutions are busy living lies.”
Those are the words of the author of the book Road to Damascus, Mashudu Nemadzivhani, whose book aims to shed light on many social ills as a way of encouraging people to get up and find answers to pressing questions of life.
“People these days care less about doing what they are passionate about or fulfilling their purposes in this life and focus on doing anything that can make them materially successful,” he says. In his book, he argues that human beings are trapped between the desire to become materially successful and the need to answer the call from deep within their true selves.
“It is not because we do not know what it is that we were created to do in this life,” he says. “It is entirely because we choose to do that which the system in which we are living allows us to do. And by doing so, we continuously drift away from the very reason of our existence, which is serving the purposes of our lives.”
He states that Road to Damascus had arisen from the importance of seeking significance over just material success. “The main reason I even found it imperative that I should sit down and put this book together was that I wanted to remind people that it is only through serving the purpose of one’s life that one can be of any significance in this life,” he explains.
He feels that many youths are losing themselves in the groups that they join out of the need to feel important and live purposeless lives because they think going with the group is the only way to live.
“This book is here to light all the dark spots in their minds, so that they can realise that they can shake this world for the good reasons as individuals only if they listen to who they really are and respond to the call of their passions without doubting their abilities,” he says.
Road to Damascus has been published by Dominate Publishing this year. Nemadzivhani is available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and can be reached on 076 9288 738 or 062 181 8921.
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Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.