The power of forgiveness

The power of forgiveness

This moment, that two-part minute, those long hours spent in some kind of preoccupation are not in vain, for hooked on the travails of the given point in time we may seem to be without choice, though the real truth may be that we are hooked on what we are very comfortable hanging around with.
It may be that effort may seem the most important thing in existence, but intention is the most important of all the humours and the basis for the human or other quality termed as character, which finds its source and root in those private moments of retro/introspective self-reflection and analysis in private or public quarters where we get to walk.

In the simple and often self-controlled confines of one’s mind, one can reflect in relative peace on ways of how to get out of the (often) legally imposed ruts on the pertinent issue of pertinent/virtuous living. Meanwhile, the clocks are ticking on the wall in real-time across the various time zones of the world and the human mind.
The fool soon gets out of the safety of the process of thought and leaps without thinking, falling to the traps meant and designed for the enslavement of the basic and definitive aspect of human behaviour: the mind. The virtuous knows to wait in patience until the right moment presents itself for his/her act and undertaking to shape it as he or she wants it to be.

How well we live determines whether or not we shall be in or out of time when it comes to addressing matters and issues that affect living in the world. The primary quest often seems and sounds to be the unceasing pursuit of harmonious living, that style of living meant to ensure that all live in relative peace or are at least at peace with other living humans and other worldly beings.
It is so chosen due to the fact that harmonious living enables the smooth running of the affairs that sustain the moral fibre of society, meaning that there are relatively fewer hitches when it comes to the point where real matters that affect society are discussed thoroughly to prevent their acting out in an unsavoury manner.

In a logical sense, harmonious living stems from good intentions, for without them or their undesired counterparts in their place, that wished for existence as is found and seen in living within the bounds or the angst of harmony is a target that may prove hard to reach for those whose intentions are of the cruel kind: leading to all sorts of maladies social, psychological, economic, health and welfare, and others of the ilk not being vanquished and the wished harmony not reached.

The man in the corner (not on it) can observe the world and its trends as they unfold, and in a sense can actually give of ideas and opinions suitable in the discussions pertaining to the achievement of wished social harmony.

The corner (largely metaphorical) can be the space of anyone with some level of good intention wishing to give some positive input in the solution of problems that affect not only the individual but the larger community consisting of individuals similar or dissimilar in terms of behaviour, tendencies, cultures, occupations and such other shared elements of harmonious living in the world.
The reality of the moment is that not all is at peace in the world: there is always some war private or large scale going on over something in some corner of the world. There seems to be no end in sight, for the human mind with strange tendencies and intentions soon breeds chaos over some matter that could be easily solved were there individuals with good intentions involved in the process of its solution.

The cause is found in the new (or may be old) fascination with wealth (of the instant sort) which in a lot of ways blinds the fool to the reality that there is a present happening around one all the time, and it is that aspect of living that determines the achievement of the future.

There is the simple fact that the chances of reaching the future where there is constant strife are pretty slim, and so the question is: Why is there so much haggling and wrestling if the intention is for the human race and the world to reach the future harmoniously?

It is a human lie to preach one thing and to do another, average politics is a legally acknowledged lie though views to the contrary may present a different picture.
There are various arguments raised in the present age, and most seem of the view or have their root in various idioms of a related kind which include the expressions: “time and tide wait for no man…time is moving… you cannot be too sure of the future…” and so on and so forth.

Well, one could agree, but the fact of the matter remains: one cannot hope to get a good result if they do not lay the proper foundation to support all the processes leading to its attainment. A strong wall is that strong due to the simple fact that its planners and builders ensured that they followed the basic intentions as expressed in its sketch, drawn plan, or blueprint.
They then ensured that the mortar was properly mixed to ensure that it would be able to support the brickwork or the masonry used in the wall’s makeup to the desired or the required size and height.

Fresh out of colonialism and still harbouring the spirits of past wars and recent battles, the independence of many a country was attained on the continent and other parts of the world.
With minds not cleared of the debris of past trials in the real history of man’s time, it would prove really hard to get the previously segregated to integrate into one communal unit working for a shared vision for the future.

The world as it stands does not progress as it should in certain quarters due to the existence of shared harboured grudges over some despicable past encounter between varying numbers of sides of the local or global community. The declarations are often hinged on peace, which never materialises because the intentions run contrary to the expressed vision for a harmonious present aimed at attaining a prosperous future.

One does not see the promise of such a future with the lines of the unemployed growing longer with each passing day and the rations of the poor going smaller in the soup-kitchens that punctuate the cityscapes of the world. The African leadership and citizenry need first to excise the long-held grudges for the betterment of their chances of attaining harmony. The only nation to have gotten over the past hurts to focus on a brighter future successfully is the nation of Rwanda who managed to forget the heinous occurrences of the 1994 genocide to become the model nation they are now seen by the world as.

One cannot think that the scars of some of the victims of the genocide can be erased, but what one sees is a people that are focused more on the progress of their state to usher in a new era that makes their state the envy of all the other states that stood by as women and children were hacked with pangas and in some cases burnt alive in churches where they had congregated hoping for some kind of refuge.

Why the other countries cannot achieve the same amount of success in the aftermath of the rampant wars that punctuate the continent is largely due to the refusal on the part of all involved that people hurt each other in different intentional and unintentional ways.
That Mandela preached of a spirit of forgiveness should not be questioned as it is often done, with some sectors of society and individuals positing views that he sold out. He did not see sense in bearing grudges, and he understood the power of grace and forgiveness, which are qualities hinged on good intentions.

Most of the time, one is confronted with a crowd of judges without horsehair wigs meting out sentences on figures who are more focused on true progress and not the weak heckling of ignoramuses. Basic fact: we cannot hope to attain some form of progress if the best we do is to argue about past hurts.
I have viewed with interest as the land question is discussed all over the continent, saw its negative impacts in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe’s regime, and I have just one conclusion: we cannot hope to attain a future if we focus more on correcting past mistakes than focusing on where we are in terms of assets that can aid the progress of our different countries on the continent.

The intentions of the masses may be right, but the sad aspect of the equation is that it is the intentions of the ruling classes that determine the outcome with regard to mapping the way forward for the continent and the masses of ordinary citizens that live on it.
As said, it does not matter what wishes one may have in the achievement of progress, what really counts are the intentions one has in their heart before the undertaking of any venture aimed at reaching some kind of goal or to progress.

The real time never stops for anyone, and she or he that spends it moping about the past is similar to a figure whose foot is pierced by a thorn, and instead of pulling out the thorn, the fool that harbours grudges or is focused on the past chooses to leave the thorn in the foot until the foot festers to the point where it has to be amputated.
There is just no sense in focusing on the past when the present offers a lot of opportunities for a change that ensures a better future for all.

Dictating to the people that elect the politician into office is just plain nonsense, for it is the masses who should be calling the shots in terms of what should be done to attain the progress of the state as an entity that serves the needs of the masses that live within its borders.
The lobbying speeches of the political leader on the continent honestly sound rehearsed, and they are long besmirching sessions delivered by the most loquacious members of the human race, the politicians.

These ones are never questioned soon as they ascend to the offices of power where they promise to ‘serve’ the people, and anyone that questions the deeds of the political class based on the promises made in the lobbying rhetoric is slapped with a treason or sedition charge, proving to anyone that bothers to establish the source of this type of behaviour that the intentions are not always right.

We have been born and are now grown old listening to the same two sided conversation between the congress and the nationalist in this country. The country has over the long and seemingly endless years of heckling between the two political ideologies actually regressed to the point where it is the beggar of the world.
It is a fact that with every trip abroad, each minister’s speech is punctuated by the terms ‘aid, foreign investment…’ and such other terms of the begging ilk.

When one focuses on what the state of Lesotho actually has in terms of natural resources, they are said to be in abundance by the experts that determine their quantities. The country and the citizenry however present a picture that is directly opposite to what is presented on the table in terms of what we have in the form of natural resources.
The high levels of poverty and unemployment actually mean that there is not presence of good intention on the part of the ruling class to lift the masses out of the clutches of poverty, disease, and strife.

The high levels of maladies could be justified otherwise, but the truth remains that we do not progress because good intentions lack, and the spirit of self-aggrandisement within the ranks of the ruling political classes abounds.  The coffers of the state are that classes’ private reserve, open to their spending without question from anyone within the ruled classes. How we hope to achieve a better future without first dealing with the spirit of the colonial times escapes my understanding.

Whipped, shorn to the scalp, forced into strange religions and systems of rule, the average African has no true sense of self-identity but actually bears the imposed identity of the colonial class. This means that the African is on average in pursuit of the understanding of something he was not originally born with for the larger part of life.
With life comes the reality of progressing time which we cannot escape on the average day, and trying to understand what is alien actually wastes a lot of time, ending in one getting left behind like the continent is. We can only succeed if we become aware of what real time means, and to keep to the good intention of staying within its bounds at all times. Otherwise, we shall be known as the people that time forgot/left behind.

BY: Tšepiso S Mothibi

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