What has been a rocky trial for Oscar Pistorius might be leading him to express some of his deepest thoughts, but in a non-clear way. Following his trial’s recess the Blade Runner has returned to Twitter with some new insight or perhaps just absent musing.
Until July 13, his last post had been a post on Valentine’s day on “A few words from [his] heart”. However, he broke his hiatus with a photo tweet that says “The lord is close to the brokenhearted Psalm 34:18”.
His second photo tweet is a collage of photos of Pistorius with children who are amputees. At the center of the photo, which has had a few filters applied to give it that nostalgic golden glow, is the text: “ You have the ability to make a difference in someones life. Sometimes it’s the simple things you say or do that can make someone feel better or inspire them” (sic).
His next photo tweet is a long one, a passage from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s “Man Search for Meaning.” It begins with the line: “ The truth—that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart. The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this word may still know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved….”
His most recent tweet, which occurred early on Monday stated,” Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”
So what is Pistorius trying to get across? Is he treating Twitter, as so many users do, as a sort of a cryptic diary where he posts the things he finds most comforting and pertinent? Is he issuing statements on the case without really breaking the rules of not being able to discuss an ongoing case? Is he perhaps not even in charge of the account, but having a marketing/PR individual take over the account to keep his name in headlines? After all, photos always do better on social media.
Pistorius has retweeted other religious material, so these tweets don’t stem from a sudden love of God, so we at least know these new tweets are consistent with his character. But could he be attempting to convince the world of his sorrow at the loss of his girlfriend, the former Reeva Steenkamp?
What do you think is going through Pistorius’ head?