Nelson Mandela’s Legacy: Alchemy

The Golden Rule or the ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or
morality that essentially states either of the following: One should treat
others as you would like others to treat oneself, OR,
one should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.

The Golden Rule can be found in the early contributions of Confucianism,
but the concept’s framework appears prominently in many religions,
including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism,
and the rest of the world’s major religions.

That’s quite a pedigree, as maxims go. Ergo, ought not a learning-impaired
humanity adopt it as the more secular-friendly and simplified
equivalent of an ethical code or morality, more than enough, sufficiently dignified
to bring hope … to this fractious status quo … disordered.

For brothers’ keepers in this fractious status quo, piecemeal peace, is no answer;
but the late great Nelson Mandela’s visionary model may yet deliver
us from the more or less continuous anarchy … that seemingly … ever and ever,
haunts humanity. But what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.

That’s to say that South Africa’s improbable social and political experiment may be
successful as well on that larger stage that is planetary … in scope;
just like an off-Broadway show that goes on to Broadway … however improbably.
The proof is in the pudding … and its main ingredient … is hope.

And, if indeed, it turns out that what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander,
then why NOT a global Truth and Reconciliation … consider?
For indeed, for brothers’ keepers, piecemeal peace, is no answer;
Nelson’s legacy’s … the power … to forgive and forget … and to live … together.

For verily, what could be more alchemical than that, that exponentially
builds atop the efforts of those whom have built a foundation?
What human experience better exemplifies the human spirit than the legacy
of Nelson Mandela’s model of Truth and … Reconciliation?


One thought on “Nelson Mandela’s Legacy: Alchemy

  1. The Bigger Picture

    I was wondering whether you have visited South Africa before?
    Are you familiar with the non- Long Walk To Freedom Hollywood Movie version of things?
    Have you read Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom?

    Nelson Mandela was – and is – a great role model.
    However, his “road to peace” did include the Amamzimtoti Mall bombings – civilian, not military targets.
    Amnesty International declined to intervene on behalf of Nelson Mandela. He openly admitted that he was directly involved in authorizing his party’s attacks on civilian targets.
    Remember, some of the prominent then-banned parties in South Africa had (and still has) very strong ties with European Communist parties.
    If you are not familiar with the subject matter, I do suggest that you do some research on the Border Wars.
    I also would like to point your attention to the fact that many of South Africa’s struggle heroes are still prohibited access to your country, or are only given access after being added to a special list. They are (still) classified as terrorists by the outside world. In fact, within the past year or so, there was a big scandal when a prominent (black) South African business man and political figure was denied access to your soil.
    You may consider that Botha and de Klerk also had a lot to forgive on behalf of their constituencies.
    I hope, for your sake and for the sake of all of us, that the entire world will not follow South Africa’s road to peace – because that means going through a violent revolution first.

    When America was faced by such an internal and external threat (after the attack on Pearl Harbour) it locked up some of its own citizens in concentration camps, just for their ethnicity, not because they were suspected for any wrong-doing.
    South Africa’s democracy was decided by a referendum of registered voters (blacks were not allowed to vote at that time, so “whites only” but ordinary South Africans), not by Botha or de Klerk or by military action, which America seems so fond of.


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