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The Resurrection of Sydney Carton

What does life mean to you? In life a functioning drunkard that had a spot in his heart for a woman who did not return his love. For Sydney Carton, life was just there, that is until he found a purpose; he found what it meant to be just alive.

I remember as a kid watching A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and at the end of it, I cried. Last year I read the book, but at the end I did not cry. I watched it again; a different version with Chris Sarandon and still did not cry. Why? I guess the meaning of who and what he was was put into perspective for me. He got what he wanted, did he not? A chance to do something of substance. He gave up his life for another man. You know, just like Jesus gave up his life for us.

This novel with its sadness, anger, pain, greed, revenge, murder, death and hurt was written beautifully with its inclusions of joy, hope, love and new beginnings. It is a book that is emotionally draining.

“It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” from Book 3,  chapter 15, The Footsteps Die Out Forever, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .”

Is there more bad than good in the world or, is the good being overshadowed by the bad?

Only Band-aids

The opening line in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens goes like this, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

This is how it is in life, more often than not, one of these times seems to have more control over the other. Sometimes things, events, and people bring about the good and bad in life, which brings me to the reason why I am writing this.

The more I read and listened to news about Africa, the more I am convince that the problem with that continent are its leaders.

There are two types of people, perhaps three if there is a mixture of qualities from trait A and trait B.

Trait A is a Cyndi Lauper song. “But I see your true colors shining through, I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you.” from the song True Colors

Trait B is a Phil Collins song. “I’ve seen your face before my friend, But I don’t know if you know who I am, Well I was there and saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes, So you can wipe off that grin, Know where you’ve been, It’s all been a pack of lies.” from the song In The Air Tonight

Africa’s been cut and bleeding for years, and no amount of band-aids are going to solve their wounds. Am I asking for a panacea? Gosh no, but something gatta give.

But some may say, “Sovereignty, Sovereignty.” Is there really an absolute sovereign nation?