Given that many traditional African societies manifested “anarchic elements,” it’s curious that Anarchism as a realizable political philosophy has never really found its feet in Africa – Sam Mbah and I.E Igariwey are our guides, here.
As Marechera makes clear in his novel Black Sunlight, one reason for this is a profound skepticism about adopting a program of anarchism at the expense of respecting and engaging anarchic impulses. After all, it is these impulses that better serve our life since any program of anarchism is destined to eliminate the people as-they-are, as all utopian projects must.
So, Christian takes to task the very idea of the “Black Sunlight Organization” (BSO). Uppermost in his mind is the way in which the program of anarchism undertaken by the group rejects concern for other people in the (mistaken) belief that it is the only way to apprehend the essential, visceral, immediacy of corporeal experience.
In the spirit of bringing about the birth of a new way of being that is not inhibited by the mores of society, members of BSO seem happy to jettison their ethics as an unavoidable consequence of jettisoning their morality. But for Christian, such a cost is too high for any political program. The question that must be asked, then, is “how can we relieve ourselves of morality,” that which sees us conditioned by society, “without also giving up our responsibility towards others (our ethics)?”
The answer is to abandon sympathy, empathy, and identification and embrace the act of sharing. It is sharing that demonstrates an ethics without morality for it depends on a togetherness that is, as Gilles Deleuze says, “beyond any law, any contract, any institution.” We need not think sharing; we need only commit to it. And this is to what Christian commits.