In reply to Sarah Brittan’s latest blog, I think white South Africans generally suffer from an overdose of guilt, which has been exploited by our adversaries. I thought it was only an Afrikaner issue, given our Calvinist heritage, but probably all forms of Protestantism entail some measure of guilt.
The further north in Europe you go, the worse it gets, I think. That is my only explanation for why the Scandinavians feel under a constant obligation to donate money to the Third World and actually supported terrorism in this country out of a misguided sense of “making the world a better place”.
Nietzsche with his sense of “innocent becoming” set the scene for a modernist revision of guilt. Even if one may not like Nietzsche or some of his pronouncements, he understood this problem so well and offers a marvellous sense of what an innocent, child-like approach to the world could be like. In Thus Spake Zaruthustra he uses the metaphor of the camel that is “well-laden” and finally says that we should affirm life, not guilt:
“Innocence is the child, and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a game, a self-rolling wheel, a first movement, a holy Yea.
Aye, for the game of creating, my brethren, there is needed a holy Yea unto life: its own will, willeth now the spirit; his own world winneth the world’s outcast. Three metamorphoses of the spirit have I designated to you: how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.”
Also read my previous response to Sarah Britten.