Masquerade Lesson 13

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Masquerade Lesson 13

Hiding behind the mask of racism

Zoey laughed out loud as she watched her boyfriend Mike tie up the farm worker with a rope and drag him behind the truck for about a kilometre. The farm worker’s back and his feet heels were raw from the sand and stone, his head bleeding from the rock it hit and his throat raw from the painful screams, willing Mike to stop his torture. Mike stopped the truck, his anger showing no remorse. He stopped just before too much damage could be done and ordered the farm worker’s mother to fetch, carry and nurse her son’s bleeding body.

Mike said it served the farm worker right for stealing one of his sheep. Zoey agreed and told the farm worker Phineas that he had three days to heal, then he had better get back to work or he would be kicked off the farm. Phineas had nowhere else to go. Three days later Phineas was still not able to stand, his wounds had turned septic and his mother cried day after day, in deep distress. ‘Why, my son Phineas. Why did you steal the farmer’s sheep?’ She felt ashamed of her son’s actions. Phineas was in and out of a coma, too sick and in pain, running high fevers and unable to explain to his mother what really happened.

Mike and Zoey did not want any of the other farmers to find out what they did to Phineas so they threatened him that if he tried to tell anyone, they would have him thrown in prison.

About two weeks later Phineas invited his friend Koos to the farm. He was so angry with Koos he grabbed him from behind and held a knife to his neck. He marched Koos over to Mike and Zoey’s house to confess that he was the one who stole the sheep. Koos’ eyes nearly popped out when he saw Mike’s anger directed at him.

Phineas threw Koos to the ground and turned and walked away. Mike felt so ashamed for accusing Phineas and punishing him for a crime he did not commit, but was too proud to say he was sorry. After all, Phineas was just the farm worker and Mike the owner of the farm. Mike slammed his fist into Koos’ face at least four times until Koos lay in the dirt unconscious.

How could the owner of the farm humiliate himself and apologise to a farm worker?

What happened could not be reversed! It was over and done with. Phineas must just not expect an apology, because that would never happen. And Phineas’ mother would have to be moved to work in the fields and not in the house anymore, where her accusing stares would trouble Mike. Life had to go on. Zoey did not care either way. As the owners of the farm, they had the right to do whatever they wanted to.

Mike owned a hundred sheep, losing one did not matter that much to him anyway.


Heart to Heart

Let us discuss Phineas, his mother, his friend Koos and the farmer and his wife:

  1. How does the arrogance of the farmer and his wife make you feel?
  2. Have you ever been wrongly accused and not apologised to? How did that make you feel?
  3. How do you think Phineas felt knowing that his mother did not trust him?
  4. How do you think Phineas felt knowing his friend betrayed him? What mask was Koos wearing?
  5. What mask is the farmer wearing? What would he have to do to let go of that mask?






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Hiding behind the mask of racism

Zoey laughed out loud as she watched her boyfriend Mike tie up the farm worker with a rope and drag him behind the truck for about a kilometre. The farm worker’s back and his feet heels were raw from the sand and stone, his head bleeding from the rock it hit and his throat raw from the painful screams, willing Mike to stop his torture. Mike stopped the truck, his anger showing no remorse. He stopped just before too much damage could be done and ordered the farm worker’s mother to fetch, carry and nurse her son’s bleeding body.

Mike said it served the farm worker right for stealing one of his sheep. Zoey agreed and told the farm worker Phineas that he had three days to heal, then he had better get back to work or he would be kicked off the farm. Phineas had nowhere else to go. Three days later Phineas was still not able to stand, his wounds had turned septic and his mother cried day after day, in deep distress. ‘Why, my son Phineas. Why did you steal the farmer’s sheep?’ She felt ashamed of her son’s actions. Phineas was in and out of a coma, too sick and in pain, running high fevers and unable to explain to his mother what really happened.

Mike and Zoey did not want any of the other farmers to find out what they did to Phineas so they threatened him that if he tried to tell anyone, they would have him thrown in prison.

About two weeks later Phineas invited his friend Koos to the farm. He was so angry with Koos he grabbed him from behind and held a knife to his neck. He marched Koos over to Mike and Zoey’s house to confess that he was the one who stole the sheep. Koos’ eyes nearly popped out when he saw Mike’s anger directed at him.

Phineas threw Koos to the ground and turned and walked away. Mike felt so ashamed for accusing Phineas and punishing him for a crime he did not commit, but was too proud to say he was sorry. After all, Phineas was just the farm worker and Mike the owner of the farm. Mike slammed his fist into Koos’ face at least four times until Koos lay in the dirt unconscious.

How could the owner of the farm humiliate himself and apologise to a farm worker?

What happened could not be reversed! It was over and done with. Phineas must just not expect an apology, because that would never happen. And Phineas’ mother would have to be moved to work in the fields and not in the house anymore, where her accusing stares would trouble Mike. Life had to go on. Zoey did not care either way. As the owners of the farm, they had the right to do whatever they wanted to.

Mike owned a hundred sheep, losing one did not matter that much to him anyway.

Heart to Heart

Let us discuss Phineas, his mother, his friend Koos and the farmer and his wife:

  1. How does the arrogance of the farmer and his wife make you feel?
  2. Have you ever been wrongly accused and not apologised to? How did that make you feel?
  3. How do you think Phineas felt knowing that his mother did not trust him?
  4. How do you think Phineas felt knowing his friend betrayed him? What mask was Koos wearing?
  5. What mask is the farmer wearing? What would he have to do to let go of that mask?

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