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Contribution by Jean Mpongo Vedi, Mayidi, Congo Central (DRC)

The global cultural revolution, holistic and surreptitious as it is, does not spare Africa.

Every culture has something specific to contribute to the world, and each contribution must be recognized as admissible and valuable. But the wise man must discern in order to avoid the confusion that one culture or another could generate.

Western societies tend to be governed by agreements concluded by democratic means, by the search for maximum profit, by the protection of human rights and freedom of choice, by justice, and by texts written in a circumstantial and changing manner that can be interpreted in multiple ways, a factor due to the postmodern West’s current rejection of absolute truths.

In the African palaver tradition, power is gerontocratic insofar as the traditional African chief governs his people like a patriarch runs his family, too imbued with his own responsibility to accept any contradiction, but generous enough to seek for everyone’s happiness. Justice is a mere remedy for social ills, its aim being to harmonize relations within the group. Fines and sanctions are often symbolic.

The western postmodern consensus imposes itself on all by means of it best weapon: the absence of clear definitions of the concepts it uses. Postmodernity, by exalting the arbitrary and the right to chose, contradicts the transcendent character that is essential to any consensus.

Today in Africa, the most shocking and serious offences are described as violations of human rights, whereas they used to be defined as blasphemy, treason to the tribe or an infringement to family or sexual rules. Evil is today defined as human rights abuse. Sex loses the sacred character it had in traditional African societies. Our humanity and our faith are being destroyed under the leadership of false humanists holding top positions in organizations that are supposed to seriously consider what ends could motivate our actions so as to found a humanity that is based not on "the dictatorship of relativism" but on transcendent values.