Saturday 25 November 2017

Good men like Mandela have always acted with good authority

EVERY hero becomes a bore at last says Brecht. Nelson Mandela has escaped that fate so far. But the saturation coverage of his heroic life is helping Sinn Fein, and indeed Irish society, to hide from all the awkward questions raised by the Smithwick Report.

What made Mandela special? The Taoiseach has told us. He said Mandela persuaded his own people to seek forgiveness, not revenge. In short, Mandela was a master of good authority.

Let's look at the main events of last week through the lens of good authority. Starting with the Smithwick report. Did we show good example to the younger generation by accepting it without whataboutery? Or did we blur its moral impact by immediately bringing up the crimes of the British?

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