"Long Live Mandela-ism"
This is a title of an article which recently appeared on News24's website. I was completely fascinated by the title of the article since I was curious as to what the author meant by "Mandela-ism." So I clicked on the link and began to read.
Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Xolela Mangcu, an academic, said that Nelson Mandela's legacy is "contained in his ideas...thus his ideals, beliefs, and selfless struggle should not only be preserved through archives, but also disseminated to all spheres of society." Well, for me, in theory, they seem to be "right." In reality, I'm not so sure. I continued to read the article....
They continued on with their speech, which was well written by a possible speech writer, "the ideals must become living artifacts and documents for a global call to action and pointers to a better world and better future for all mankind," said Sexwale. Now, in truth, I felt like in an ideal world, sure, this could happen. Through the proverbial "rose colored glasses", this scenario would be a possible reality. IF the very same ideals which drove Mr Mandela were really a part of the current governing party of South Africa, then this country would not be in the state it is currently embroiled in. I've written before about the lawlessness in this country so I will not discuss that again.
No amount of education, no matter if it's from UCT, UWC, University of Stellenbosch, Harvard, Yale, etc will change a person's worldview. What is a worldview? Well, it's a "model" or a framework for what a person actually believes. It is your ideals and attitutudes about the world, yourself, life; it's what you actually believe. It drives you. It is influenced by how you were brought up or raised; where you lived; inherited characteristics, life experiences, habits, attitudes, and more. Worldviews can even be shared by a group of people in a community. It's even more than a culture. It can perhaps "shape" culture or a culture's beliefs, value systems and customs.
So, if you parents had some sort of hardship, experienced apartheid, it will influence how they raised their children, what they taught their children, and what their children experienced as they grew up. That in turn, will influence what those children teach their own children and sometimes, things influenced can even cause a bias towards a people group, culture, etc.
Can a person's worldview be changed? I think it can but it requires so much accountability and transparency with others.
I think that honoring Mr. Mandela for what he did to help transition South Africa into a "democracy" but we mustn't discredit FW de Klerk either. He could have kept the "status quo" but he didn't and acknowledged the need for change.
I still truly believe that the only way forward for South Africa is forgiveness. Learn from past mistakes. Yes, apartheid happened. Yes, serious atrocities happened and you can't say it never happened but it's time to move forward. It's time to change. It's time for this nation to let go of the "old identity" of apartheid, slavery mindsets, etc. Forgive. That doesn't mean forget... forgive, let go, move forward.
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