Sunday, March 12, 2017


I took the photo yesterday at Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town. It is a massive bust of the colonialist Cecil John Rhodes. Recently, his nose was cut off. He himself would seem to be a little subdued, when one looks at him lately. The damage is sure to be symbolic of something -- but what, I am not sure. The end of colonialism -- perhaps rather, colonisation? The rejection of received values? The rise of lawlessness? OBSERVATION: One thing seems sure. Worldwide, decolonisation is on the rise. But not in the old sense of the dismantlement of empires. The new meaning seems still to be in the making. There is something about it in The Dictionary of Modern Thought.

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