“I don’t worry about the wounds. When I go up there, which is my intention, the Big Judge will say to me, Where are your wounds? and if I say I haven’t any, he will say, Was there nothing to fight for? I couldn‘t face that question.” Alan Paton, “Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful”
These astonishing weeks in Egypt, I think have revealed many knights, females and males, young and old, educated in schools and educated by life. Thinking about this great and peaceful revolution, and the struggle ahead to make it real in the lives of everyone, reminds me of what happened in South Africa. Let’s pray that the resolve to create a democracy in Egypt, that is real for all, succeeds, and shines steadily as a beacon for the world.
The quote above comes from a story about an encounter in apartheid South Africa where the cost of freedom was and is so high. Thinking about that situation and Egypt, helps put my own cares in clearer perspective and nudges me into considering more daring action. The situation of South Africa was always for me a portrayal, on a smaller scale, of the situation today, existing in the whole world. A small but technically advanced minority keeping the majority in a semi-slave condition. Nelson Mandela was a hero in daring to love past all the grievous past. And there were many other heroes of every color, who struggled and died there. They are shining Knights. These weeks in Egypt have witnessed the birth of many more!
Alan Paton’s “Cry the Beloved Country”, was important for me years ago. Anne Hope, a white South African, banned from her home country because she broke the color line, read the book outloud one September as the rest of us cut up a million apples on a farm in Ohio. One of its lines is the text of one of my published peace posters.
“I have one great fear in my heart, that one day,
when they have come to loving,
we will have come to hating.”
words of an African minister.