Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Today (28/08/2013) is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's awe-inspiring 'Dream' speech. A famous quote of his is "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that". Forgive me for stirring but I wonder how MLK would have felt about Nelson Mandela's justification of violence in his Rivonia trial statement (1964)? You can read the entire statement here:http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=3430
. Nothing against Madiba, I love and respect him dearly and there is much more to his statement than acknowledgement of violence. I also believe that Madiba is certainly not in agreement with much of what is going on in the government today. Without pointing any fingers I can't help but wonder if a horrible blatant system engineered to enslave 'different' individuals was not simply replaced by a system presented as being founded on mutual respect but ultimately driven by subtle, subconscious deep seated hatred? South Africa has been valiantly attempting to perpetuate a sense of unity, not only to it's citizens, but especially to the rest of the world. In reality we ("we" being the diverse and varied cultures of South Africa, or more politically incorrect but absolutely true, the whites, coloreds and blacks) are almost as far away from being united as we were in the days of Apartheid. The famous (or should I say infamous?) Truth and Reconciliation Commission's attempts to reconcile our diverse population was futile to say the least. I'm wondering logically how does one reconcile that which has never been united to start off with? Every big event these days has in some way or the other a "Unite" or "Come Together" theme attached to it. Is it all just a expensive attempt to live up to the propaganda or is there a true collective cry for help?
Taxis and Boerseuns
Of course there are moments in history on which we can look back proudly. Those moments when the word "Unity" was released from the clutches of "cliché doom" to briefly represent its fullest implication. In a sense it is sad that those moments stand out because it proves the point that unity in our country is but fleeting moments of euphoria. Of course we were very much united in 1995 when we won the Rugby World Cup. For about 24 hours every single South African was intoxicated enough to embrace anything and everyone from a different skin-coloured individual to a lamp post. Again in 2010 when the World Cup Soccer event was hosted here the entire country cried unity in one indistinguishable voice. I personally witnessed 20 white Afrikaner 'boerseuns' being dropped off by a Taxi and every single one of them intimately embracing the (black) driver no less. It was a sight to behold. Unfortunately all of that went away the very moment the final whistle of the final game was blown. The 'friction' we all know so well was back the very next day. I remember the week after the World Cup finals, how Radio 702 callers phoned in desperately trying to find ways to keep the 'high' going. Everyone, and I don't care how racist you are, love those 'highs'. Unfortunately ridiculously big scale events seem to be our only drug and they are few and far in between.
Love is all there is
Ultimately no one is born a racist. Everyone is born to love and to love absolutely. Unfortunately generation upon generation has found it upon themselves to corrupt every newborn the moment they see the light of day (unknowingly perhaps and in different degrees of course). "The sins of our fathers" is nothing more than perpetuated hatred and fear based on the collective human lie that we are somehow better than someone else. It is evident that there is a collective will in South Africa to be truly united and having grown up as a typical white racist, I today support it fully. Sure you still get the silly whites who believe they are genetically superior and have been severely done in by FW De Klerk who revoked their rights to enslave. Yes you get the silly blacks who feel it's their right to somehow avenge their days of Apartheid by enjoying the final demise of the evil white man. But ultimately there is an overriding desire to just let go and stop the madness. So why can't we just simply 'do it' (no product placement pun intended)? I believe it's because we are forced in to a synthetic façade of a dream presented to the world on CNN and wrapping our air planes with colourful visions depicting a rainbow nation Utopia. In some form or another we have to play the part that we are united and loving every second of it. I for one don't feel united at all. But I do strive for it. We need to get rid of the subtle fronts and get back to basics. It's about getting real. At the risk of ending on a very sentimental note the only thing which will unite anyone on any continent in any conflict situation is Love. Love burns away all the falsities and fear and hatred to reveal the truth. It sounds like a tall order but really it's not. It's very simple. There is absolutely no discrimination in Love. Martin Luther King proclaimed it. Nelson Mandela supports it and as the Beatles famously sang it: "Love is old, Love is new, Love is all, Love is you."
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