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About mourning or insulting the dead

MEMORIES: When we draw unfinished memory pictures that suit us, we offend the dead.

Church leader Desmond Tutu and former prime minister Kåre Willoch has run out of time, but hailed with beautiful words of remembrance in recent weeks. Influential commentators reverence and bow reverently. They were leaders we will miss.

But it strikes me how Tutu and Willoch undergo the same treatment as other of my heroes, like Dag Hammarskjold, nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mark Twain and MK Gandhi – words of remembrance that make them harmless and bind them to the past. They stood for dialogue, understanding. . .

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John Y. Jones
Cand. Philol, freelance journalist affiliated with MODERN TIMES

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