Live: Madiba by the graveside

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Hermes (June 26, 2013, 13:27:14 PM):
The president and some clergy have now repeatedly asked us to all pray for Madiba. What is less clear is what those prayers are supposed to contain – a request perhaps that he should live longer? That he should be spared further suffering and die now? That his soul should go to heaven? All this praying for a person who has displayed scant propensity towards prayer himself comes across as rather misplaced, until one remembers that sickness and death are the compost of religion. It therefore does not matter if the prayee is religious himself; the illness and death of an icon is an opportunity to parade religion.

There are the political parties vying for a slice of the pie. There are the news media setting up around the hospital, Mandela residences and cemeteries. Reportedly some cleaning up of the cemetery at Qunu has been underway, but no grave digging yet; he could, after all, recover, which would have implications.

Comments on Mandela’s health are also sacred – only the presidency can issue authoritative reports. According to this source, his condition has changed from “serious but stable” to “critical but stable”.

Every step of the way we encounter no shortage of candidates eager to run the show for a few minutes of limelight. And then, of course there’s still the will, the inheritance, the legacy…
Mefiante (June 26, 2013, 14:29:39 PM):
… sickness and death are the compost of religion.
Like! A lot.

Politics and religion have always been very cosy and likeminded bedfellows. It is therefore apparently not possible to wish an ailing elder statesman well without either petitioning an imaginary skyfairy to actualise such benedictions, or rousing a veritable horde of opportunistic sycophants.

Hermes (June 26, 2013, 14:48:13 PM):
Like! A lot.


Thanks. :-*
brianvds (June 26, 2013, 15:31:42 PM):
As I said before, when the old man goes, I am spending two weeks media-free. It will be a worse circus than when Princess Diana died.

Anyway, looks like it may take a while. He's on life support now. He could be brain dead, and the machines could still keep his body going for another decade or two. I think he is going to be politically too valuable to pull the plug at least until after the election.
Hermes (June 26, 2013, 16:35:28 PM):
@ Tweefo:

I see that you had made a posting in shoutbox on this topic prior to mine. My apology, I did not intend to snub you - just missed it.

Mandela on life support according to some reports. How long can they keep one on that? Who decide to pull the plug in this case?


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