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The explanation lays bare what is at stake: survival of a humane civilization. The ARS describes a state of affairs whose trajectory, if not reversed, inevitably leads to barbarism.

The path away from barbarism is following the call of the African Renaissance—the call to rebellion. Rebel, purge the tyrants and corrup- tors who steal what belongs to the people (para 37). Africa’s rebellion “demands that her intelligentsia must immerse itself in the titanic and all-round struggle to end poverty, ignorance, disease and backwardness” (para 29). In the ultimate act African liberation, Africa’s intelligentsia must cast off the “enslavement of the African mind” (para 30). Drawing inspiration from Africa’s historic contributions to the world recovers the African mind and soul. Recovering the African mind and soul is critical for Africa and for the world. The movement from barbarism to a humane civilization motivates and requires the move from African identity disconnection to connection.

In closing, the ARS argues that there must be Africans enraged by Africa’s condition who will join the rebellion. Just as Africa influenced the development of Western Civilization, the true African will stimulate a new global, humane civilization.38 The true African could be anyone regardless of ethnicity, nationality or social station. The true African will join the rebellion, walk away from the abyss of barbarism, engage in the journey of self-discovery and join hands to lift up humankind together.

Explanation presents the ARS as a symbol that provokes philosophical thought.39 The ARS points beyond itself to an ultimate referent of the human condition—the tendency toward barbarism. Behaviour leading to barbarism is neither unique to Africa nor exclusive to the contemporary era. Barbarism is a global human condition traceable through history. Conversely, the ARS points to the human inclination to rebel against barbarism. The message of the ARS is that we can overcome the worst in humanity by recalling and unleashing again what is best in humanity. Observing African crisis leadership may reveal that the move from African identity disconnection to connection is inseparable from the move from barbarism to a humane civilization.

 
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