I try to be reasonable, and I try to hear both sides of a story and on a good day I stumble over truth, and if I'm lucky it hits me in the face. Sometimes, when on the defensive I tend to be less considerate and I can be a really inconsiderate person.
Reading many of the responses people, and also my people, post in response to Juju's misfortune or divine justice, or what ever you want to call it, I notice that many people are really nasty, purely because its now okay to be cruel... because everybody is doing it type thing.
At the same time I also feel that the real threat is gone, so we can return to being considerate human beings again. More than anything Juju in his imaginary warfare against the demons of his past returned a divide in the fabric of our South African society, it created a divide in his soul and we were almost divided, and Juju's mindset is also divided. He made himself very rich, at the expense of his fellow South Africans and so his divide has also left him a monster, growing smaller and more isolated.
I had scrutinized the TRC and found that there were leaders that had great moral values, accross the color spectrum, and it was clear to me that good people are among all races and that evil people are among all races. For me the crutial and most convincing gem of the TRC was King Mangosuthu Buthelezi's apology to the Afrikaners for the shameful behavior of Dingaan and this struck me as a genuinely considerate and honest apology. I felt like King Buthelezi genuinely tried to understand where things went wrong and took it upon himself to try and fix an evil thing that had happened in the past.
The race relations that followed after that was that when the Afrikaner suffered its losses in the Anglo Boer wars, we opted to side with the enemy's laws of segregation and that eventually grew into the grand view of Apartheid.
The trust had been broken among all peoples, and the war broken Afrikaner craved power. In all the cruelty that was imprinted onto the women and children during their times in concentration camps, made our children a heartless bunch and this rubbed off during the years of Apartheids maturity.
Cruelty isn't mans only faculty. Man can also be inventive, creative, considerate, trustworthy. Some men and women in South Africa, understood that we can be something better, and we can be less mechanical, less monstrous, more considerate. We can be great.
And so these men and women set off to create a country where we carry the burden and the concerns and the worries off all and we created a country where we aspired and afforded all the right to goodness. Life is cruel, but we opened the channels so that all may enjoy good values and so that all may enjoy fairness.
Therein lies the challenge of our society. Fairness is only afforded by people who can love others. Those who have been tainted by evil cannot build a fair nation. Afrikaners were forever broken during the Anglo boer wars and apartheid was unfair, The British Empire was forever broken by the Roman empire and so the british empire's bullying of the cape colonies and subsequent wars were unfair. These anti-social fragmentation and limitations of mans talents are forever forced into violence and destruction.
And today we judge Juju for his antisocial behavior, when really we helped had a hand in conveyeng that evil to his doorstep.
But at the very end of it all, when things are going okay for me, I really don't wish Juju or anybody any misfortune.
That isn't the behavior of a complete and mature human being. Handing out cruelty, calling for distruction, wishing another one hurt. Those faculties doesn't tell the whole story of the human genome and it does as much harm to the person handing out the cruelty, as it does to the person receiving the cruelty.
When I first learned that Julius got himself a farm I thought... well there's a step in the right direction. Real security lies in looking after the land. At the same time he was also singing shoot the boer, and I started to wonder if he meant we must shoot him, as he had now official become a boer.
But I also feel a bit sad for the bloke, because farming is an honest trade. Nurture fruitbearing things to its maturity by creating safety and security for it, and tax them when they start shedding their millions of seeds. That is real growth, and the more men who learn that the better.
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