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Should forgiveness be bought?

20 July 2012, 12:46

Whenever I read stories on here from a certain part of the population of South Africa (mostly young, mostly black, mostly racist), the message seems to be simple:

in order for these youths to move forward, and stop focusing on a past that is long dead and buried, their forgiveness must be bought.

Freedom, it seems, is no longer about the freedom to exercise your potential - it's about cold hard cash. Cold hard cash from white people - many of whom were not alive or active voters under the previous regime.

This raises the question: can forgiveness be bought? If so, who decides the price?

What would a fair price be for a year of oppression? For two? What about a decade?

How much is racist behavior going to cost the perpetrator? What level of racism would carry which price tag?

This raises a further question: if those same people are also guilty of racism and race based hate, then can we bill them for their hatefulness too?

When will the debt be paid, and will tax be offset against that debt?

The simple fact is that forgiveness cannot be bought or sold. Freedom is just that - free. It's the opportunity to better your life - not a handout from someone that you THINK owes you something.

The world does not owe any of us anything, and the only things we're entitled to in life are the things we work for and pay for. Whether that means working hard in school to one day earn a degree, or earning your money by the sweat of your brow, it's all up to YOU.

So stop trying to slap a price tag on something as serious as racism. For one thing, you are cheapening our history by turning it into a retail item to be bought and sold, and for another, you look like nothing more than money grabbing opportunists.

Spend the time you spend whining about things that happened two decades ago questioning our current government, or better yet, by working on your OWN future.

Because in another twenty years time, if all you've got to show for your troubles is two decades of blaming everyone else for your troubles, then YOU have wasted your life.

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