Part Three: Geopolitical Healing

Turning around the momentum of world events

In this section we look at the deeper issues around the planetary redemption process.

It addresses the age-old question: what is the mechanism which can and will bring about actual fundamental change in our world?

It has foxed many people for a very long time - and the answers are not simple, or a mere wave of a magic wand.

But looking into the psycho-dynamics of humanity's hope, despair and life-urge, and the wisdom of forgiving and moving on, give a few clues. Here lie some secrets revealing the releasing of the pain of the collective past, well summed up by Archbishop Dsmond Tutu's statement on the right.

NEXT: Conscience & Natural Justice

Forgiving and being reconciled are not about pretending that things are other than they are. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the pain, the degradation, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse.

In forgiving, people are not asked to forget. On the contrary, it is important to remember, so that we should not let such atrocities happen again. Forgiveness means taking what happened seriously and not minimising it; drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens to poison our entire existence. It involves trying to understand the perpetrators and so have empathy, to try to stand in their shoes and appreciate the sort of pressures and influences that might have conditioned them.

Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin, but it is a loss that liberates the victim. We will always need a process of forgiveness and reconciliation to deal with those unfortunate, yet all too human, breaches in relationships. They are an inescapable characteristic of the human condition.

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, 1994.