Préparé à l'occasion du 20ème anniversaire de la libération de Nelson Mandela. D'après le discours d'investiture de Nelson Mandela à la Présidence de la République Démocratique d'Afrique du Sud, le 10 mai 1994 à Pretoria.
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What South Africa Does the World Need?
_ Paul Graham, IDASA 21 Octobre 2009
The intention of this paper is to stimulate discussion on the existing opportunities to change the world and the extent to which South Africa can and should contribute to this change. It celebrates the human effort to achieve liberty, equality, and fraternity and the ways in which these escape us even as they invigorate us, as Wordsworth noted after the French revolution.
This is a modest attempt to encourage discussion on whether South Africa has a significant role to play in this century. During the twentieth century it came to hold a place in global consciousness out of all proportion to its size. This paper will remind us of some of the reasons for this, of the romance of the moment, of the slow dying embers of that romance, and of the quest that both South Africans and their friends are pursuing. It asks whether this is a quest worth pursuing or whether, like the grail, it will come to an unrequited moment to which all will look back in nostalgia – the pain of recalling the past.
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