Morality of agreement

Barrie Penrose’s article has kicked off a brief discussion here. It seems to raise another question that might be worth airing.

Beyond the practical question of whether the piece is likely to inflame feelings and encourage people to break the boundary between press and players, there is an underlying question of morality. Most attempts at arriving at judgement either make it strictly personal or attempt to vindicate one side at expense of its opposite.

The morality of the solution has largely been bypassed. Yet when de Klerk spoke at Glencree in August he said that this had been in the first consideration the National Party before negotiating with the ANC:

“It was a moral decision to do what we did. Had we failed to bring justice to the majority it would have be immoral.”

Perhaps a similar focus on the moral virtues of the overall solution would yield more productive results.

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