Essay On African Man

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Africa was once an unmoulded, pure land- untouched by the ever-growing modern day beliefs of the western world. The people of Africa have been physically and psychologically sculpted by the western world-. The African man is therefore no longer purely African and neither is he completely Western, he is both. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an English philosopher. The English Civil War was the backdrop for all his writings. “Hobbes also infers from his mechanistic theory of human nature that humans are necessarily and exclusively self-interested,” (Friend, C). Hobbes State of Nature is where the Hobbesian man is only concerned with his desires to better his own situation and acquiring power, but is also reasonable. Hobbes beliefs were arguably…show more content…
Man is always faced with internal conflict and it is an ongoing battle in every situation. In order for man to prosper and progress, a community is essential to live in peace and harmony with mutual respect. Forgiveness is an ideal starting point. The African man has immeasurable resilience. To move ahead, man must join hands in “moral truth, forbearance, empathy and commitment, to repair a fractured human relation,” (Shriver, D. 1995:9). The African man, his words and deeds teach the world lessons to abstain from wickedness and villainy. The African man sees the ruined cities and relics, of fallen empires and past nations and ponders and learns from it. The African man is one who develops patience against sufferings, calamities and adversities. What a man does in his life for himself is important, but helping others to the best of one’s ability is even greater. The African man is one who “negotiates between the economic systems that propels greed against the compassion that is necessary to be a better society,” (Gumede, V. 2009). It is possible to co-exist in a heterogeneous society. The Chinese proverb says that a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, (Tzu, L. date unknown). The African man has just taken that important ‘single step’. The African man has pledged to a new social
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