Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 14 November 2016
“The inconvenient truth is known but someone chose to ignore it today” – Adv. Thuli Madonsela
The world is currently in a state of uncertainty. There is no global vision and the risk of discontinued dialogue and shutting of doors to diversity has risen exponentially. The values that people have spent lifetimes fighting for, seem to be rapidly disintegrating and our hope of a better world is quickly being eroded.
To ignore the truth is dangerous. To turn a blind eye on those who are the most marginalised is just inhumane. We should learn from history and remember that the horrors of the Holocaust were ignored by many. As were the horrors of Apartheid in our own country, and so too, the current levels of thievery and corruption gripping our government, are being ignored. The truth is inconvenient because it may not be what we want to know.
But amongst this doom and gloom there are glimmers of hope that in some instances these values are still taking precedent. A Somali- born former refugee has made history by becoming the first Somali legislator in the United States. We should look at this as hope that still exists.
Help us to be true to the values of love, compassion and inclusion
Of those who need it the most from us
For it is in giving to others that we receive