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By Randall E. Auxier, Doug Anderson

Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness at the fringe of Truth

Known because the operating man's poet, the Boardwalk prophet, or just, the Boss. If "love is a dinner party at which we feed," Bruce Springsteen has supplied a lot foodstuff for notion. during this choice of metaphysical probes, a gang of E-street philosophers will undress Bruce's deeper mysteries like impossible to resist Jersey women. Can Springsteen settle the nature-nurture debate via his tune "Born to Run"? What do the recognized thinker Ricuoer and Springsteen have in universal of their depiction of time? those die-hard Springsteen fanatics, who simply occur to be philosophers, assemble an pleasing instruction manual to the sphere of Springsteen stories, protecting themes like Springsteen's connection to Marx and the proletariat, Springsteen's notion of the soul, and his prestige as a poet.

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For traumatized victims like Sylvia Dlomo-Jele, forced to endure silent suffering for decades, the process of public testimony restores their connection with the state and with others in similar circumstances around the country. By repairing the relationship between state and individual, the Truth Commission helps to ensure the survival of the new government. Johannesburg journalist Mark Gevisser identifies this as one of the Commission’s most essential roles: “The face of the state [under apartheid] is one of hostility — the hostility of a police station, a hospital, a morgue when you are looking for your lost son.

7 THIS IS MY HISTORY 29 For active perpetrators of apartheid terror — police officers, army conscripts, members of state “hit squads” and “counter-terrorism” units — this narrative had particular significance, as it blunted the potentially traumatizing effects of the atrocities they committed. Journalist Stephen Laufer examines the careful language that the state used to describe its activities: The conspiracy needed a sanitised phrase with no suggestion of blood. No suggestion of agony or loss, morality gone AWOL.

The TRC can be seen, that is, as a ritualized mourning process — a national memorial service for the victims of apartheid, past and present, which helps survivors confront their losses and those suffered by others. As a process of public mourning that acknowledges the multiple and often contradictory traumas experienced by communities and individuals throughout the country, the Commission thus encourages South Africans of all races to engage their history and imagine a larger, national community based on a common, though divergent, experience of loss.

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