Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Christina Landsman se droom

I read in Die Beeld that Christina Landsman is dreaming, like Martin Luther King (Jnr). She's dreaming of a church that build bridges in 2007. The article is your typical well-written academic type, clincial and correct. if you work at the University, then you are indeed required to write like this and to touch on the ( indeed hot !) issues she is touching on.. dreaming about the church, society, etc. I don't mind her dreaming, we all should dream more, I say. My wife however, allways remind me that we are not living in our dreams, our people are not living in our dreams. The church are just ordinary people, where our lives are not clinically and clearcut... where we live with uncomfortable compromises, with ambiguities, with mistakes and working class people -who are sacrifcing their time and money for the church ( for the Lord) well meaning, but (yes) also bigoted, cynical and sceptical people sometimes with leaders who have come through the ranks fighting their way up. Here we find dreams which are more messy and confused, less political correct because its about the unwanted electricity meters, by the council, about the ANC's coldness towards unsafe streets in coloured communities, communities that, like in apartheid, are left to rot in drugabuse at the mercy of druglords and merchants from the rich suburbs, connected to high police circles; the 24X7 shebeens where fathers sell their soul and girls their bodies. Maybe what we need is the embodiments of MLK struggling, marching, being humiliated in the streets, facing police brutality, jail ultimately death- because of his dream... a costly dream.