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Nelson Mandela the South African politician once said It is one of the most powerful instruments to bring about a united nation and it also says let us forget the past Let us think of the present and future So to what extent should our nation try to forget its past Our nation should try to forget its past to the extent of the tragedy being so ancient that any survivors from that tragedy are now deceased Although some people may agree with the famous philosopher George Santanya that Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it I beg to differ with this erroneous statement Even though our nation remembers many tragedies over the course of history we have failed multiple times to overcome and avoid these tragedies Many of the times history sort of repeats itself Much like how our personal mistakes repeat in our lives Furthermore by forgetting the past we are able to move on with our lives without the grudge and the heart felt pain from any past tragedies Like what the bible states Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice Be kind to one another tenderhearted forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you Many of the times it is best to forget our nations past to the extent of where we are just holding back too much animosity and bitterness Similarly in the essay The Ethics of South African Identity Magogodi Makhene explains how her family was unwillingly unable to forgive and forget the tragedy and the struggles of the killing of their relatives Her grandmother even references Nelson Mandela and agrees with his rebellion to forgive and forget the catastrophe but Mandela has put the memories aside he chose to forgive
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