The period when whites ruled South Africa was also the darkest period in which racial discrimination prevailed and black human rights were trampled upon. Human life is divided into two distinct worlds because of its natural skin color. At that time in South Africa, white was no longer a symbol of purity and innocence. On the contrary, it was in the name of white that the skinned person became the object of being legally trampled, trampled and insulted. Under this “white terror”, countless families have lost the lives of their loved ones, and blacks have no life. In the face of unbearable suffering and great pain, after the transfer of power, the government, which is mainly run by blacks and the majority of people in South Africa, chose not to avenge the criminals, but to forgive them. As long as the criminals tell the truth, the trial can be waived. In the face of past sins, those who have the power of the state, especially those who have been maimed under tyranny, can easily ignite the fire of vengeance and the path of liquidation, and this is reasonably understood by the world. .
But the South African people did not do this. They have never done so. They forgive all those who are willing to be forgiven. Presumably those who are dying will agree in heaven. Archbishop Tutu is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He said: “There is no future without forgiveness. South Africa has thus gained a new life.”
I have asked South African scholars for the main reason for the success of reconciliation. They explained a lot to me, but one of them made me seem to be more transparent. An important factor in reconciliation comes from the traditional Ubuntu in Africa. Ubuntu is an African philosophy and the most basic element of a person becoming a human being. “Depriving another person’s life means that he does not become a human being.” African philosophy does not divide people into whites and blacks, nor does it divide people into friends and enemies. In their view, all people are not only Ubuntu, but also Ubuntu. Under this concept, South Africans forgive not only sinful whites but sinful people.
Romantic coffee shop
In the early 1980s, Hong Kong’s famous scholar, Mr. Jin Yaoji, was a visiting scholar at Heidelberg. During this period, he wrote a lyrical work that praised the beauty of Haicheng. Later, it was published as a book of Heidelberg. In the book, he quite appreciates the different styles of coffee shops on Haicheng Pedestrian Street. His description is so delicate and delicate, and it seems that he can smell coffee from the book. I held his book in my hand and asked all the way to the coffee street. Fortunately, I found the famous coffee shop where Mr. Jin often sat here 20 years ago. The name of the store is extremely romantic, because it is called “romantic coffee shop.” Mr. Jin loved the store and did not hesitate to praise the waitress who recognized him as a Chinese. Now, the name of the store is still the same, the coffee is still fragrant, and the one who recognizes the Chinese as a Chinese instead of the Japanese waitress? I sit down, order a coffee, taste a beautiful mouth, and then can’t help but read Mr. Jin’s book. Picturesque descriptions, as well as the taste of the students in several other countries, they heard the contents of what I read aloud (of course accompanied by the exquisite translation of Mr. Xu Sujiang from the African Bureau of the International Liaison Department). At this moment, how can there be Germans, Chinese, Indians, South Africans, even men and women? Originally everyone is a human being, and it is an acquaintance, but we have not been an acquaintance for a long time!