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Mercifulness: The Smart Way Out Of Violence

January 13, 2021

When a situation gets real bad, good people work to make it better. To do this, forgiveness helps. This is one thing Catholicism got right (and it was duplicated later in Islam: Allah declares he is “merciful” every time he reaches some oftentime gory conclusion). 

Those motivated by the Dark Side, though, will make a bad situation worse… because such is the royal road to their abode, hell… Or a good situation bad: “Democrats” got control of the government, a time for reform, if reform was really what they are after. Instead it seems that what they are after is making a bad situation worse. An excuse to do nothing.. Obviously what their sponsors want.

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To progress, one sometimes need to shake things up. Mandela, as he said himself, “was not a saint”. But is a devil saintly when a devil is what is needed to make saintly work?

I am a devilish philosopher, not a simple coyote. I don’t howl with the others, just because they howl all together now. Throughout history, coyotes have howled one way, and philosophers have not heeded the call, making themselves unpopular with the four legged. There were deaths in my family in the past, from racism, strife, fascism. I had plenty of time to think what it means, and how to avoid this kind of nefarious evolution. I embrace, for real, the Mandela approach, of truth and reconciliation, not the fundamental historical American approach of violence and sheer force, after carefully analyzing how to make the situation as bad as possible… That strategy, pretty much institutionalized in the USA, favors the wealthiest and most powerful. It is also why the USA ended with the worst civil war known (yes, it was worse than the worst of the French Revolution, “1793”, by an order of magnitude).

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When Mandela was imprisoned on Rat Island, he learned Afrikaner… the language of his enemy. Mandela, an ex-boxer, then a lawyer turned violent freedom fighter, and leader of an African National Congress which took the turn towards violence under him, had the time; he spent 27 years in prison. Mandela turned to the violent struggle (bombs, attacks with firearms, etc.) after, he said, the government left the ANC no choice. The ANC was financed by the Soviet Union. Mandela was removed from the United States “Terror Watch List” by Bush in July 2008… After his presidency of South Africa. 

Mandela was an astute observer of how violence grows: he had been in the thick of it, and was very lucky to survive it [1]. He also knew that good people sometimes have to turn violent, compelled by the circumstances (“the government left us no choice, we had to turn to violence”…). How do you break the cycle?

With truth. 

Truth leads to reconciliation, if it is nothing but bare truth, and all the truth. Mandela set up a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”. It worked.  

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Mandela did not just survive because he was intelligent, but also because those he confronted were intelligent enough to understand him, and thus forgive him. At some point the (white, Afrikaner) president of racist South Africa proposed to forgive Mandela… If Mandela officially renounced violence as legitimate. Mandela refused to condemn violence as inappropriate. He spent several more years in prison. Then the South African government accepted all of Mandela’s conditions.


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