No Future Without Forgiveness: Chapter 5 Reflection: There is Always Good, You Just Have to Look For It!

Desmond Tutu’s No Future Without Forgivenessgave me a new perspective and outlook on how to look and approach problems, conflicts, and difficulties.

Desmond Tutu is very different from Nelson Mandela, however, similar in several aspects.  Chapter 5 was interesting, fascinating, and eye opening to read because it showed how Desmond Tutu used a unique and different approach than any other leader of a committee, government, or organization.

Although chapter five as a whole was very intriguing, some parts specifically stood out to me.  It was amazing to read how Desmond Tutu and the committee took an evenhanded and religious approach to their tactics. “Forgiveness, confession, and reconciliation were far more at home in the religious sphere” (Tutu, 100).

“After all, forgiveness, reconciliation, reparation were not the normal currency in political discourse. There it was more normal to demand satisfaction, to pay back in the same coin, to give as good as you got, for it was more common to have the ethos of ‘dog eat dog’ in the jungle world of politics” (Tutu, 100).

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects and how to get revenge on other people, the TRC concentrated on the positive and gave every person a chance, opportunity, and benefit of the doubt.

Reconciliation is and was very important.  If people aren’t united and brought together as one, nothing will ever get done fairly.  Although there will always be differences, people must unite and come together to strive. Desmond Tutu made it clear that every person is worthy and deserves a second chance.  “Theology said they still, despite the awfulness of their deeds, remained children of God with the capacity to repent, to be able to change” (Tutu, 104).

Tutu’s perspective is different than Mandela’s in that he took a religious approach to leadership.  He understood and preached that good and evil exist in the world, however, everybody must come together and reconcile to unite as one.

“Theology helped us in the TRC to recognize that we inhabit a moral universe, that good and evil are real and that they matter. They are not just things of indifference. This is a moral universe, which means that, despite all the evidence that seems to be the contrary, there is no way that evil and injustice and oppression and lies can have the last word” (Tutu 107).

It is evident that theology and religion were the main guidelines to which Desmond Tutu took to lead the TRC.  I thought it was not only interesting, but amazing to read how accepting and understanding Tutu was.  I enjoyed reading how he approached each situation and instead of looking at the negative, he focused on the positive.  He truly found the good in people and proved that every person deserves a chance.


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