He does look critically at the. Loved his voice and explanation of this very touch time in South Africa. So many times as I read this book, tears were flowing. He calls on the concept "ubuntu," which used to be a common idea until the enlightenment, which means that we all are all connected. No Future Without Forgiveness (1999), by Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African Archbishop, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, explores the possibility of mercy and justice for a historically oppressed people once they come into power. I have recently read several books about South Africa and its amazing transition from apartheid to constitutional government. The risk is even greater if you are the injured party, wanting to offer forgiveness. There are so many places in the world where this model should be applied to break the cycle of violence. Tutu, the author of five collections of sermons and writings, believes that there is no future in any country split apart by ethnic conflict without forgiveness. However, it turned out that this book is a very detailed history of the end of apartheid and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's birth, trials, and outcomes. In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past. To tell so as not to forget and to re-live a dictatorial regime through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to achieve some closure for all those involved. The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Start by marking âNo Future Without Forgivenessâ as Want to Read: Error rating book. Worth checking out. We read and discussed 2 chapters a week so it gave me plenty of time to digest the words and the message. I can forgive him that. Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. As the narrative moved into the substance of the work of the TRC, I began to appreciate more the long lead-up. No Future Without Forgiveness Summary It is widely known that South Africa suffered under a brutal regime of forced segregation and fierce violence imposed on resisters from the early sixties until the early nineties. i am so glad this man is in our world! I think mostly I had some difficulty appreciating the voice of the author, which came off initially as a little european and distant. Contrary to many Western cultures today, ubuntu insists that our humanity is âinextricably bound upâ in each othersâ. Tutu is vocal in his defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. I knew that the commission was hailed throughout the world as a new and promising effort to create a civil society out of what had been a barbaric system of oppression but I did not know how difficult was the struggle to create the commission and to operate it. I'll just leave a quote from the book that shows the spirit in which the TRC was created. 1 Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness, Rider Books, London, 1999. Desmond Tutu comes off as wonderfully normal for a Nobel Peace Prize winner! From No Future Without Forgiveness "In relations between individuals, if you ask another person for forgiveness you may be spurned; the one you have injured may refuse to forgive you. When the oppressed finally get their day in the sun, what option is there, other than vengeance? That said, it did not diminish my feeling about the book. i found the descriptions of the confessions of both the victims and perpetrators distressful, nightmarish and agonising to. I am glad that they took the path of Reconciliation and Truth as a Nation. Tutu's religious background seemed to influence the way the committee worked in an interesting way. The message that this book carries is potent and at the same time incredible - ubuntu and forgiveness - whether you choose to accept it or not. The situation in South Africa could have exploded into a bloody civil war if both white and black leaders had not wisely chosen. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I read this right before the election with a study group from my church. He is an utterly remarkable man. 2 Howard Zehr, Changing Lenses, Herald Press, Scotdale, PA, 1990 The work described in this book sounds at times harrowing and deeply transformative, which makes this account all the more remarkable. Mainly it is a book about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was set-up to tackle the horrible truths of apartheid and to reconcile all South Africans together through the process of forgiveness. What does it mean to you to be part of a greater whole? In doing so they forged a common future and destiny, which has so far upheld peace and coexistence. This should not deter anyone from reading it though, as these things are part of life and death, and can provide intense lessons. About No Future Without Forgiveness The establishment of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. It is a book about the down-right evilness of apartheid and the stories that displayed such as well as stories of the down-right beauty of forgiveness that so many of the. Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can … They call it Ubuntu. 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