FOR WHAT THEY WERE


CAST

MYSTERY MAN 

A WHORE                        
A WIFE                            
A RACIST                        
A PRIEST        
A KILLER                        
A PRIME MINISTER  
                 


(The scenery represents the aftermath of a nuclear war. The scene is the debris of a large building in a large city of a any country)


TIME - The Future

 

(The play begins in pitch darkness except for some flashing lights representing the blasting of bombs. We also hear the sounds of waging war until we hear the ultimate blast of a nuclear bomb and the lighting effects of it. Then there is SILENCE. After a long pause, we hear the voice of Vera Lynn sing “WILL MEET AGAIN” fading in slowly until it goes up to full volume and then instantly fades out. Lights fade in and we view the debris of the building and under the rubble lies six individuals partially hidden.)
 
(The survivor dressed all in bright red including his gloves and shoes, but has very long cotton white hair, comes in and face the audience.)

 
MYSTERY MAN 
Ladies and gentlemen one way or another the six individual buried under this rubble have committed crimes against humanity. 
All of you are going to hear from these individuals and all their wrongdoings they did in their lives without realising that in life there was a beauty. The best and most beautiful things in the world could not be seen or even touched by them. Loving another human being was like a beautiful flower which one could not touch, but whose fragrance made the garden a place of delight just the same. They should have loved themselves for who they were, but instead, they were not happy from within. Probably they would have been the most beautiful persons if they did this, while their lives would have shown their best asset.
 
Beauty had so many forms, and the most beautiful thing was confidence and love. Loving was one of the best beauty remedies. If these people had a good approach to life they wouldn’t be here to be judged by the hand of justice. Love was a really scary thing, and one never knew what was to happen. It was one of the most beautiful things, but it was one of the most terrifying too. These six people have rejected love and turned to the wrong lanes of life.
 
We all had feelings and if they were aroused by the touch of someone's hand, by the sound of music, by the smell of a flower, by a beautiful sunset, by a work of art, by love, by laughter, by hope and by faith they all would have worked on both their unconscious and the conscious aspects of themselves, but instead, they had physiological consequences. When virtue and modesty tried to enlighten they saw nothing beautiful in the world. There was always something bothering them in the shape a vicious heart.
 
Because they had a corrupt heart they never became part of a beautiful mind and there were no stronger feelings to consult the three beautiful emotions that a human could gain and could have made a difference. They were truth, mercy and hope. The theory of life was that life was beautiful. But life didn't change for anybody. They had a day, and they had a night, they had a month, and a year. These people changed, they became miserable or unhappy. The most beautiful things were not associated with greed, vanity and lust; They had their memories and moments and they wasted them. They didn't celebrate those three emotions, and love passed them by. The beauty of life was when humans appreciated everything but these six didn’t. They didn’t even love themselves and that's when they became wicked and ugly. They did not believe that life wasn’t always beautiful, and they missed on its beautiful ride. If They considered a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees were to look at, they didn't see what went on underground as they grew roots. Trees developed deep roots to grow strong and produce their beauty. But they didn't see these roots. They just saw and cursed beauty. In much the same way, what went on inside of them was like badly infected roots.
 
I’m afraid maybe even you people here didn’t understand that one of the most beautiful qualities of living is to understand and to be understood, and when it came to fear it didn’t keep you focused on the past or worried about the future. If you acknowledged your fears, then you could have realized that you were in the right path of goodness. Your eyes might have seen the beautiful skies. Your ears might have heard the voices of good people around you. 
 
Yet these dead had to keep looking up! They would have learned from the past, they never dreamt about the future and they have never stood tall. There's nothing like love thy neighbour to end a healthy day. When they were in a beautiful place they might have enjoyed the beauty of nature, that was the sunrise and the sunset, then they might have lived a near-perfect life. But they have missed out on the need to see their beauty and they were never satisfied.
 
The more we saw the beauty around us, the charming and wonderful things, the more they become invisible to us. That is why we took for granted the beauty of this world like the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds and even those we loved. Because we saw things so often, we saw them less and less. Every person had their own identity and beauty. Everyone was different and that was what was beautiful. If we were all the same, it would have been boring.
 
These cursed people under this debris have never treated anyone they met as if they were going to be dead by the night. They never extended to them all the care, kindness and understanding they could muster, and did it without thought of any reward. No matter what had happened to them in the past it had no power to keep them from having an amazingly good future, but they failed to do so completely. If they chose to be positive and had a grateful attitude they would have determined how they were going to live their lives.
 
(There is some weird music at the background the survivor moves to the back of the stage facing the auditorium .and one by one the six individuals start to get up. They look at each other, they are all covered with dust from the debris )
 
MYSTERY MAN 
I am happy at last to meet with your souls. 
 
WIFE
Where are we?
 

MYSTERY MAN 
What you see around is the building, where your apartments were. You are witnessing the aftermath of the ultimate world war three.
 
PRIEST
They finally did it.
 
KILLER
And it was about time too.
 
WHORE
Are we alive or dead?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
No, you are not alive, and yes you are dead. I had to stress the word so that you would not take it as a joke.
 
PRIEST
Death is not a joke.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
No, it is not, but you were already dead many years ago when you took the ways of your living. You were not alive but you only existed. Without morals, one does not live but only exist.
 
RACIST
Why am I with these people? I have never seen them in my life even as you said we lived in the same apartment.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Ah, you. You finally spoke.
 
RACIST
Yes, I spoke so what?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Why did you infuse your life with actions like this? You waited for it to happen. Yet you never made it happen. You made your future by abusing people. You had no hope whatsoever. Love wasn’t in your dictionary. And whatever your beliefs, you never honoured your life and others. 
 
RACIST
Well, I obstinately and intolerantly devoted my own opinions and prejudices with groups of a racial or ethnic group with hatred and intolerance. I was a person who had strong, unreasonable beliefs and did not like other people who had different beliefs in a different way of life. 
 
PRIEST
So you did not learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Happiness did not visit you. You waited for something outside of yourself to make you happy. Think how precious was the time but instead you had to spend it loathing others, whether when you were at work or with your family. Every minute should have been enjoyed and savoured. But no, not you. You know why because envy and jealousy are incurable diseases and you had been smothered into them.
 
RACIST
All the walls that kept me from loving others were different from me. I love racism and detested religion. Where I grew up I was never thought to accept difference. What made be so selfish and prideful which kept me from wanting to help the next man? Was it because it made me focused on a personal vengeance as opposed to the right legacy of a race?
 
WIFE
If you cannot answer it yourself how do you expect us to answer for you? You
just said you were never thought to be jovial and decent. But that is a blatant excuse. Each person can adjust according to his will and the power of the mind. You decided to hate those people who were not of your kind.
 
RACIST
I think my behaviour towards people sprang from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It was a self-centred falsehood that corrupted my mind into believing I was right to treat others differently. Most Christian 'believers' tend to echo the cultural prejudices and world views of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were beasts of burden. The word 'racism' is like salt and pepper. They can be put on practically anything and anybody. 
 
WHORE
Parents and schools should have placed great emphasis on the idea that it was all right to be different. Racism and all the other 'isms' grew from primitive teaching, the instinctive enmity against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You would have been a lucky child and man if your parents taught you to accept diversity.
 
RACIST
And who are you to judge me?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
She was an escort girl.
 
RACIST
What is the difference, a whore is a whore whatever beautiful titles you give it.
 
WHORE
Was there anything wrong by fulfilling a man’s desire?

PRIEST
By lusting for money.
 
WHORE
I had to live too, didn’t I? In my experience, a man in his natural perversion wants to fuck with a hooker, wed a virgin, and keep them both.
 
PRIME MINISTER
Not all men are like that.
 
WHORE
Mostly men were, I can assure you. I was kind of a good girl - and sometimes I was not. I was a good girl because I believed in love, integrity, and respect. I was a bad girl because I liked to fuck men. I know that I had a great body and I used it accordingly. I knew a man once who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Do you think being dead gives you the right to joke? This is not a bordello. 
 
WHORE
I never thought that sex was wrong, sinful, or dirty. When you take away the thought of things being dirty or forbidden, then you could enjoy your sensuality Pleasure in the woman was a kind of magic spell; it demanded complete abandon; if words or movements opposed the magic of caresses, the spell was broken. We prostitutes usually gave the men what the wives refused to give them. 'Sex' was as important as eating or drinking and we allowed the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other. I tell you the only individual who didn’t think of sex often, maybe was an intellectual. 
(To the racist)
Were you an intellectual sir besides being a racist?
 
RACIST
Bitch! Restrain your words.
 
WHORE
No, I won’t restrain myself. Anyone who knew anything of history knew that great social changes were impossible without woman’s upheaval. Social progress could be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, and the ugly ones were also included.
 
WIFE
Here, here!
 
PRIEST
But we are not talking about sex, are we?
 
 
WHORE
Of course, we are, you know damn well my profession relies a lot on having as much sex as I can.
 
PRIEST
But you did it for money?
 
WHORE
I was not a fool and go a ride with a man and give him a blow job for nothing.
When people went to a bar or a restaurant they had to pay for what they ordered. That’s was the same with me.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Tell anyone how a person judged his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operated at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence, and how high he or she was likely to rise. I say that the reputation you had with yourself and with your self-esteem was the single most important factor for a fulfilling life without relying on sex.
 
WHORE
For some sex was a mere exercise, for some sex was love while others they thought sex was everything. Being an escort girl I didn’t believe in the latter. Sex was not everything but money was.
 
PRIEST
Were you not ashamed, woman. You had no morals at all.
 
WHORE
There you are wrong I had all the morals a human being should have had, except for fucking for money. That was not a bad percentage, was it? Women were systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men thought it manly to pay for sex, when, in fact, men were insultingly supporting their superiority. The Italians and Spanish, the Chinese and Vietnamese saw food as part of a larger, more essential and pleasurable part of their daily life. Not as an experience to be collected or bragged about or as a ritual like filling up a car with petrol. But when it came to making love that was something else which gave pleasure to the body and soul. Of course, I was going to be labelled as a prostitute. Well, I made my bed, and I've slept in it.
 
WIFE
I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. I don’t know what happened to the true meaning of love.
 
WHORE
Love in truth was nothing but a misspelt word for a fuck. Sex was like washing your face, just something you did because you had to. Sex without love was commercial. In true love sex followed love, it never preceded it.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Father, you can tell them why you were disrobed from your priesthood
PRIEST
Because in my life I abused children.
 
WIFE
Why did you commit such abhorring acts?
 
PRIEST
If I knew that, I think for me it would have been a different story. There was no particular reason, I think I was too much attracted to children.
 
PRIME MINISTER
The rape of a child was a violent act of contempt, not an expression of sexuality or affection.
 
WIFE
The abuse was never deserved, it was an exploitation of innocence and physical disadvantage, which was perceived as an opportunity by the abuser.
 
WHORE
Were you also a homosexual?
 
PRIEST
No. To begin with, homosexuality had nothing to do with paedophilia; one is sexual orientation and the other is a sexual perversion. Yet, in most cases of paedophilia involved incest. I have never involved any of my family in the acts.
 
WIFE
A man who stuck his cock in an infant`s mouth belonged to Satan’s circle of hell. There was no forgiveness for that. But you had a position of trust by parents and the children. How the hell did you turn to young children?
 
PRIEST
My sexual exploits with my neighbourhood playmates continued for a long time. I lived in a busy sexual childhood, somehow managing to avoid venereal disease through all my toddler years. By first twelve I was sexually active with many friends. A small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. None of us ever got caught, but we never worried about it anyway. We all understood that what we were doing was not to be discussed freely with adults but we viewed it as a fun, sort of confidential activity. None of us had any guilty feelings about it; we figured everyone did it. Why shouldn’t we?”
 
MYSTERY MAN 
That was not justified excuse, was it?
 
PRIEST
I assume not.
 
WIFE
You are a disgrace to your profession.
 
PRIEST
Maybe I was. Some people were addicted to drugs, alcohol and many other vices, I called my situation an addiction too.
 
PRIME MINISTER
Perversity was not an addiction. Abuse and molestation was anything but an addiction.
 
PRIEST
At the end, I had to suffer. People looked at me like I was an animal. People who didn't know me judged me. I always remember going up to visit someone in prison, and this woman was sitting there. She was looking at me, growling a bit, and I could imagine what she was thinking: "There's a paedophile!" Anyway, I later discovered her character. And I'll tell you, it outweighed anything I'd ever done.'
 
WHORE
Nothing outweighed paedophilia. Especially by people in their holy robes who sworn to protect those God own teachings. 
 
PRIEST
The town was more than ready to accept the window dressing that hid the ugly truth of my guilt. Some shared the secrets and kept the silence. Others would not have believed if they had been told. They would not have wanted to know. 
 
WIFE
You disgust me with words like that. No wonder my husband and I avoided the holy people.
 
PRIEST
(To the wife)
And you as a wife have you always been faithful?
 
WIFE
That’s none of your business.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
You’re a wife of three children. Were you always faithful?
 
WIFE
I don’t know what you mean exactly? As far as I know, I was a good mother and a wife? Every morning when I woke up I could choose joy, happiness, negativity, and pain. To feel the freedom that came from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. I chose to feel life, and did not deny my humanity but embraced it.
 
PRIEST
A well-thought principal.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
But in truth, you were completely not satisfied just with your husband?
 
WIFE
No, not always. I was in a difficult situation. MY husband worked hard. He had two jobs and we hardly talked for more than an hour. When he came home from his day job he eats something and goes to bed to rest. After his sleep, he gets up, shower and go to the nightclub where he works up to the hours of the night. He wasn’t there for me sexually. I am a woman who craved my needs.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
When you put your needs on everything you did, physical or anything else it spread into your home and your life. 
 
WIFE
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I was not just a wife and a mother. I want to exercise the art of patience and to satisfy myself too.
 
PRIEST
Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, but give up quickly on yourself.
 
WIFE
Sex without love was a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go it was pretty damn good. I thought that there was no harm in it.
 
PRIME MINISTER
No harm. Unfaithful to your husband who worked his life out for you and the children?
 
WIFE
I loved my husband. What I did with some men was not love but lust. Sex without love was merely healthy exercise.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Is that so? You were lucky you didn’t get caught. Had you considered those days if your husband found out about your unfaithfulness, what would he have done? He might have killed and because of you, he could have lived his life in prison. 
 
WIFE
No, I did not think about that. With age came wisdom and a high sex drive, and the wisdom to enjoy it. The more I focused on sex without love, my lifestyle and motherhood the less energy I’ve spent covering up my deeds.
 
THE WHORE
The thing with adultery was that took up the least amount of time and caused the most amount of trouble.
 
WIFE
Sex kept me fit and healthy. What could have been better than that? It was not about crazy diets or gym workouts. With it I managed a good home, upbringing and……

PRIME MINISTER
Yes, if it was only with your husband that is, but your sex was stained with cheating.
 
WIFE
I tell I had true love with my husband. True love didn't happen right away; it's was an ever-growing process. It developed after we've gone through many ups and downs, when we’ve suffered together, cried together, laughed together. And that happened to me and my husband. I know I was wrong and what I did was selfishness, I admit that.
 
RACIST
True love was not everything for me. It was like allowing a mirror to be held up to you daily. True love was selfless. It was prepared to sacrifice. And I did not do any sacrifices to keep away from a misdemeanour.
 
PRIEST
There was a difference between lust and passionate love. Lust couldn’t just creep in. You would not have found it where true love existed, but it had power enough to shatter the world you've worked so hard to create with love. 
 
WIFE
It was so difficult in the world for people to find love, true love, I mean.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
One thing was for sure that by committing adultery, there was no true love in the family
 
WIFE 
How do you know that?. Like the Pope told us not to have sex outside marriage, not to be an adulteress, what did he know about it? I kept saying that, and I truly meant it that I thought that when you experience true love, it never went away. Whether you cheated or not.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Genuine and true love was so rare that when you encountered it in any form, it was a wonderful thing, especially to be utterly cherished in whatever form it took. True love, that was deep, abiding love that was impervious to emotional whims or fancy, was a choice. It was a constant commitment to a person regardless of the circumstances. For true love was inexhaustible; the more you gave, the more you had. And if you went to take water from a true fountainhead, the more water you drew, the more abundant were filled. Love was pure and true; love knew no gender. Nothing could bring a real sense of security into the home except for true love.
 
PRIEST
Racism, injustice, and violence swept the world fast, which brought a tragic harvest of heartache and death. At the end true love was obsolete. 
 
RACIST
You see nobody taught me about black excellence and dynasty. The authorities in the orphanage where I was brought up, did not experience racism personally, and when something like that happened to them, they had developed a different rare disease of ignorance. I grew up and did not recognize that in any educated secular society, there was no excuse for ignorance. When I felt racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that same society, I did not challenge it, instead, I joined it. I did not owe it to the betterment of society.
 
PRIEST
Many we're not a racist organization, because they understood that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we all know that racism is not just. It's a by-product of capitalism.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
People knew about the hatred and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, was a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynch you. The human power of all nations could have been the power which made all people whole and healed the rotten community, which was so shattered by war and poverty and racism. Some had great faith in the power of justice who dedicated themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking in their society.
 
THE RACIST
I dealt with that so often, I found ways of making a point towards racism. When I went to football matches, I chanted with others like monkeys and threw peanuts on the pitch. Yet, I remember, when a black player scored, he ran and danced in front of us like a monkey. Why?
 
WIFE
I presume he wanted to show you that it doesn’t mentally collapse and grew stronger by your abuse.
 
THE RACIST
In my opinion, I think some people felt that if I questioned the reality of race, I was questioning racism; They said stop racism. Racism was real because people believe race was real. Nobody could stop racism. Gone were the days pointing fingers at others to fix what they may never be fixed. Nations weakness were not merely the result of corruption or racism, the troubles could also be traced directly to ineffective Christians and Christianity, Muslims and Islam. Racism and sexism, misogyny and homophobia, they were so visible. They were out in the open. When they were visible, it wasn’t easier to deal with them.
 
PRIME MINISTER
Racism kills people.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Father’s from that generation like a lot of immigrants where they felt like if you went to live in another country, you pay the price of being foreign. They had to endure racism, and if it didn't cost their lives, they were fortunate. Weakness brought ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, and all these things that kept a society chained to the ground, and nailed to the floor.
 
THE RACIST
Apart from us, racism, in the first place, was a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying foreign workers less for their work. 
 
PRIME MINISTER
I know what you’re talking about, but it was not a catalyst for my content. I didn't need to talk about race to have material. My style of living was more self-deprecating. I thought that makes me more creatable. When one dealt with white versus black, one was not separating from the pack. They did what everybody else was doing. Also, the way we started to break down systemic racism was to start building individual relationships with people who were not like us. Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination would have liberated us all, victim and perpetrator alike. The struggle against patriarchy and racism should have been substantively robust and inextricably intertwined. Racism stayed with us and ended with us forever. Human beings were born like that. But it was up to us to prepare our children for what they had to meet, and, we should have overcome. Although slavery may have been abolished, the crippling poison of racism persisted, and the struggle continued. The scars and stains of racism were still deeply embedded in human blood. No one could delete racism. It was like alcohol. You couldn’t stop drinking if you didn't want to, and you couldn’t stop racism if people didn't want to. 
 
WIFE
Education was the key solution for change, for peace, and help in the fight against racism and discrimination in general. Racism was one of the worst forms of torture because it was directed at something we never asked for and something we couldn’t change. 
 
PRIME MINISTER
The problem was that all generations were pacified into believing that racism existed only in our history books. There was no point in fighting racism with racism the best way to fight racism was with solidarity.
 
THE RACIST
I know, being a father myself, what my interpretation of love was, or the essence of love, and I couldn’t apply it to other things. When it came to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships, and human rights, I have not abhorred the thought of it because I thought my responsibility as father was to confront those who were abusing power to manipulate people. I didn’t like blacks, yellows, greens and all but at least I admitted it, not like those so-called good people and gain from the poor. There was power in naming racism for what it was, in shining a bright light on it, brighter than any torch or flashlight. A thing as simple as naming it allowed me to root it out of the darkness and hushed conversation in the open. People were able to breed like cockroaches. It made them acknowledge it and not confront it.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Racism came in many different forms. Sometimes it was subtle, and sometimes it was barefaced. Sometimes it was violent, and sometimes it was harmless, but I was there. It was something that I thought we were all guilty of, and we just had to make sure that we dealt with our racism in the right way. Some people thought racism had dissipated or did no longer exists. But it was hidden in more strategic places. As for you, you have passed it on to your children. When you did that, you were robbing your children of their innocence. Hatred and racism were both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error was when someone stood in the way of their wants, they could justify getting that person out of their life. Hatred and racism stemmed from the same poisonous root, of their selfishness. they admitted that, but on the other hand they did not know any better.
 
PRIEST
I can only say to you this. Racism was a sign of ignorance. It was those people who haven't been anywhere, and haven't see the world. We had to acknowledge that issues like systemic racism, economic inequality, and the achievement gap were the result of man-made policies. We had to learn quickly. Simple bullying in schools was the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behaviour that led to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other 'isms' that caused so much suffering in the world. 
 
THE RACIST
Racism was a part of human nature, and no-one could eradicate it; all they could do watch and listen.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
And do not forget the holocaust. It illustrated the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forced you to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.
 
THE RACIST
Yet I thought Hitler had the right idea. But I also think that his idea went to far.
 
 
PRIEST
Too far. Killing all those innocent people?
 

 

WHORE
I read about a Jewish man called Jesus once. For me, he was an absolute perfection of communism. He preached for equality, regarding race, religion and creed. 
 
THE RACIST
Yet they still crucified him. You see all us, humans, we didn’t like to be monopolised. If I call a black man a black bastard I am breaking the racism law, what about them calling us fucking white thrash? But we didn’t hear a lot about that, did we? We didn’t hear about the abusive behaviour between Pakistanis and the Indians, between the Koreans and the Japanese, shall I continue.
 
WIFE
Whatever it is they are all racists. Racism is not only about blacks. 
 
PRIEST
As much as we want to say racism died, it was still rearing its ugly head constantly.
 
WIFE
Too true.
 
PRIME MINISTER
I wanted people to talk about racism every day. If the politicians like me, were focused on race and identity, then maybe the world might be understood. Take homophobia was like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it sought to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and people. Yet we got racism crossing the street; it was in the very fabric of human society. Racism was taught in the home. Did we agree on that? Well, it was very hard to teach racism to a teenager who was listening to rap music and who idolizes, Stevie Wonder or Otis Reading. It was hard to say, that those singers were less than them. They should have not listened to their songs because they were black. We had this long history of racism, and as it happened, the criminal justice system had been perhaps the most prominent instrument for administering racism. But the racism didn't come from the criminal justice system. While having friends of colour was better than not having them, it didn't change the overall system or prevent racism from surfacing in our relationships. The societal default was white superiority, and we were fed a steady diet of it every day. To not actively seek to interrupt racism was to internalize and accept it. I mean, what was racism? Racism was a projection of our fears onto another person. What was sexism? It was our vulnerability about our potency and masculinity projected as our need to subjugate another person,? I wish I could have said to all those people who considered themselves anarchists or radicals. This is how leaders freed their countries from their invaders. So if they did so, we could certainly have freed ourselves from our racism, misogyny, and bigotry. There was one place left in which open racism could be practised institutionally in the world, that was through diversity and equity movement, in which it appeared to be that you cannot be openly anti-white, openly anti-straight, openly anti-male, and that was considered progressive. Until white people understood that racism was embedded in everything, including our consciousness and socialisation, then we could go forward. I was raised to believe that excellence was the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operated my life. Whoever said otherwise were liars.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
That’s good Prime minister. You mentioned the one word I wanted you to utter. Lies! You were elected Prime Minister of your country about many years ago and you still earned much money by giving speeches, is that correct?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Yes, I was and yes I did give speeches.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Did you know the concept of a lie?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Yes I do
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Why don’t you please explain it to us?
 
PRIME MINISTER
They did not criticize me. They did not crucify me. They could have loved me. And they could have hated me. But they made the biggest mistake when they called me a damn liar.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Why not?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Because I was not a liar.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
And you are sure about that?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Sure. 
 
MYSTERY MAN 
For a start you began with making falsehood appear like truth and ended with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
 
 
PRIME MINISTER
I don’t know what you mean. All I knew was I have been known for some time as a person who spoke the truth and spoke it strongly. I have always called a liar a liar and a hypocrite, a hypocrite.
 

MYSTERY MAN 
You went to war on a lie. Isn’t that the truth?
 
PRIME MINISTER
No. We had solid evidence about what was happening in that country and we had to solve for the sake of its neighbours and the world.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Yet when you invaded and won the war there was no evidence any weapons of mass destruction. Did you still believe that the country still possessed these weapons?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Yes, I did believe it.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Where were they hidden than those weapons of mass destruction? Were they invisible?
 
PRIME MINISTER
Don’t be absurd. In my belief that they got rid of them by hiding them to a nearby country.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Now, who is absurd? 
 
PRIME MINISTER
I know I was not perfect. If I could convince somebody of something that they didn’t necessarily think was the case, it was a valuable asset. Not that I was like, a pathological liar, but we spend most of the day not fully being honest, you know that do you?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
No, I don’t. The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite! And I think you were one.
 
PRIME MINISTER
How dare you?
 
DEATH 
I dare you many times sir. Honesty was of God and dishonesty of the devil; the devil was a liar from the beginning. You reminded me of a 'Pathological liar'. You were absolutely the toughest individual to deal with as a politician. Because you couldn’t take anything they said at face value. And you couldn’t, fill in their personality. You didn't know what was real and what's not.
 
PRIME MINISTER
I did a lot of good things when I was leading the country.
 

MYSTERY MAN 
There’s no doubt about that, yet those good things were very limited to those you did bad. To you, the most dangerous individual was that person who caught your lies but he didn't say anything about it. In that case, you weren’t sure which lies, were compromised. The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth, that the liar and deceiver wished to hide. The best liar was he who made the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
 
PRIME MINISTER
Let me get you to understand. I stood up for what I believed in and I was very honest and I always told the truth. I'm not a liar, I was not manipulative and I didn't stab anyone in your back because if I did I would have stabbed them in your chest.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
The liar's punishment was not in the least that he was not believed, but that he couldn’t believe anyone else. A liar often smiled subtly while telling a lie; it was an unconscious expression of your delight in getting away with that lie.
 
PRIME MINISTER
Show me a politician who didn't want to be known for what he told, and I'll show you a liar. Later, you realised that there's more to it than just the acquisition of fame, and money and gifts. But that was what driven them and was what that drove me, initially.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
By lying, sometimes.
 
PRIME MINISTER
White lies never hurt anyone.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
You can figure out a way to justify anything. You are not honest here because you are incapable of telling us the truth. You were unloved in your own house. A figure of ridicule, a theatrical creation, you were almost sympathetic. You were contaminated by what was told to you by the greedy and the outright stupid that you would make a swell prime minister. Your lies have spun out of control, with liars lying. 
(To the killer)
You, come down here. 
(The killer does so)
You don’t seem to have the guile to speak?
 
KILLER
I am not one for talking.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Thou shall not kill said the Lord
 
KILLER
Who is he?

PRIEST
The Lord God Almighty.
 
KILLER 
I’ve never heard about him. I’ve heard of Elvis, The Beatles, Elton John, Mahatma Gandhi but I never her of the Lord.
 
PRIEST 
So you were pagan?
 
KILLER 
I don’t know what that means either.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Are you trying to be funny?
 
KILLER 
No, I don’t joke at all.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
(Fed up with his attitude)
You have killed many human beings. Right?
 
KILLER 
Is that so?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Are you denying killing those people?
 
KILLER 
Yes, because in my honest opinion I only cleansed them from their horrible life.
 
DEATH
By killing them.
 
KILLER 
If you want to call it that, yes.
 
WHORE
What else would you call it if you murder a human being?
 
KILLER 
In my case, I used to call it an act of mercy. Some kind of euthanasia.
 
PRIEST 
The law said you cannot murder anyone.
 
KILLER 
That I knew. But I took the risk.
 
WIFE 
How many killings did you commit?
 
KILLER 
I don’t know, I never learned how to count.
 
PRIME MINISTER 
What kind of man are you?
 
KILLER 
Well, I lived my life comfortably. I liked to drink a lot, ate a lot and fucked a lot. Is that what humans did, apart from shitting and peeing?
 
MYSTERY MAN 
I think the prime minister didn’t mean it that way.
 
KILLER 
It is not my fault if he has difficulty explaining clearly to me.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Can you explain to us your killings?
 
KILLER 
That I can do.
 
(Long pause)
 
MYSTERY MAN 
We are waiting.
 
KILLER 
Oh, OK. Right. I decided the do nature’s way quicker. What kind of a life had those people on the edge of dying, suffering pains to keep them holding to life? I thought I would release them from the burden.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Euthanasia was the termination of a very sick person's life to relieve them of their suffering. A person who undergoes euthanasia usually had an incurable condition and wanted to do with their permission.
 
KILLER 
But there were other instances where some people wanted their life to end.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Because you were a doctor didn’t give you the right to kill at all. I believe of all the arguments against voluntary euthanasia, the most influential was the 'slippery slope' of once we allowed doctors to kill patients, we would not be able to limit the killings to those who wanted to die.
 

PRIEST
The killing of a disabled person was not 'compassionate'. It was not 'euthanasia'. It was murder.
 
MYSTERY MAN 
The whole notion of pain, and how every individual experienced pain, was up for debate. We didn't know how another person experienced pain. Physical pain or mental pain. Some of those clinics where they assisted suicide or euthanasia was a clinic that was 'tiredness of life.'
 
KILLER 
If a person had terminal cancer, and had a few weeks to live, and was in a tremendous amount of pain, was it wrong of me to effectively turned off the switch? 
 
MYSTERY MAN 
Even putting aside the morality upon which the constitution and all nations culture were based, the notion of involuntary euthanasia contradicted the long-held body of medical ethics to which all doctors were to adhere.
The answer about euthanasia was not if one agreed to do it or not but if the actual doctors concerned could live with their conscience and living with it. Patients who were being kept alive by technology thy had no right to end their lives. They had no right to stop any medical interventions, from respirators to antibiotics. They did not need physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. They should have died naturally.
 
(As the lights fade out slowly the six people go back to where they were and the beginning under the rubble. Death walks as close as possible to the audience)
 
The end of the world is always on your minds. You had the power to destroy it or save it, yet the question is what did you do with that responsibility? All of you have a macabre fascination with the end of the world. Will you all go out with a bang or disappear with a whimper? Are you the designers of your demise in a game you can’t control? 
 
(Fading in slowly once again we hear the voice of Vera Lynn singing WE’LL MEET AGAIN gradually getting loudly bit by bit)
 
Most of you believe that the soul does not die and that after death it passes from one body into another, thus robbing death from its terrors.? Will you meet again, somewhere, someplace? 

END