A Tribute (Short) to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and and Sharing a few Thoughts on Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace

Article Title: A Tribute (Short) to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and and Sharing a few Thoughts on Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category/Subject: Nelson Mandela, ‘Madiba’, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, forgiveness, peace, pursuit of peace, breaking down barriers, building bridges, reconciliation, social and political issues/problems

 

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

www.peacepursuit.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com

www.sharefaith.wordpress.com.wordpress.com

http://religiousunity.wordpress.com

http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com + so many others I can’t keep track (obsessive or WHAT!)

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981 (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)
 
Publishing Guidelines:
These thoughts (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print
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“Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics, don’t know what religion is.”
– Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi
 
 
 
Like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr stood for the universal rights of humanity.
 
“Martin Luther King had developed a sophisticated strategy of war fought with race, not gun-powder. He never failed to meet with his adversaries. He opposed policies, but not personalities. Most importantly, he countered violence with non-violence and hatred with love. ‘Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred’, he exhorted his followers. ‘We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul-force.’
King’s goal was not to defeat the white man; but ‘to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor and challenge his false sense of superiority… The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.’ The power of God’s infinite grace to disarm, then overcome evil by doing good.
 
 
 
‘Forgiveness must be taught and practiced.’
– Martin Luther King,Jnr
from ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace’ by Philip Yancey (Strand Publishing, Sydney 1997).
 
 
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude.”
 
 
“Power without love is reckless and abusive. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.”
– Martin Luther King, Jnr
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SOUTH AFRICA
Similarly in South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s powerful message, his “call to action” was not revenge, but one of forgiveness and a spirit of reconciliation. He later described “a strong sense of calling or purpose” for his life.
Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu believed it essential that the process of reconciliation in “the beloved country” begin with a spirit of forgiveness…and he would not relent on this theme. According to Tutu, “One lesson we should be able to teach the world, and that we should be able to teach the people of Bosnia, Rwanda and Burundi is that we are ready to forgive.” And eventually former President Frederik W. De Klerk did indeed apologize for the inhumane ‘Apartheid’ policies of his government and their forefathers.
Desmond Tutu goes on: “No one can forgive on behalf of victims. Victims have to forgive for themselves. And no one can forgive without full disclosure: what happpened and who did what must first be revealed. Also those who committed the atrocities must agree to ask for forgiveness before it can be granted. Step by step, South Africans are remembering their past in order to forget it.”
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Back to Nelson Mandela, whose name will long live in the annals of history…
Nelson Mandela had a great nobility and an immense generosity of spirit. He was an icon of magnanimity, who helped change his country through healing bitter divisions… and so the world.
Finally, ‘Madiba’ (Nelson Mandela’s clan name), once said: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

 

The peoples quest for freedom is a thirst that can never be quenched… and…
Peace (or at least a far more peaceful world) is an idea whose time has come!
 
Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
 
 
 
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
 
– Albert Schweizer
 
 
“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.”
– craig
 
 
 
About the submitter:
Craig likes, no loves to share information and insights to encourage others to be all they are capable of being. He truly believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us. In his various writings he strives, little by little, to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers.
One of his ‘little missions’ is trying to help promote peace in some small way by helping and encouraging others to find inner peace.
Craig is presently “working on” (not really “work”) his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable, the unquenchable human spirit of some ‘ordinary’ people put in extra-ordinary situations. An unconquerable spirit that lies within each one of us, if “called upon”, as told against the backdrop of a troubled, yet exciting and vibrant continent.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

www.peacepursuit.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com

www.sharefaith.wordpress.com.wordpress.com

http://religiousunity.wordpress.com

http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com + so many others I can’t keep track (obsessive or WHAT!)

“May you have the courage to speak your truth, may you find peace within, and may we all one sunny day know peace on earth.”
– Debbie Milam
 
 
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine, that still stirs within each one of us.”
– the words of US President, Barack Obama in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
 
 
“TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one life at a time, let’s encourage, impact, uplift and perhaps even inspire the world. YOU be the change you want to see in the world.”
 
THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE PUBLISHED
(with acknowledgment to the source, thanks)
 
“Blessed are the peace-makers… because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”
To dearest mom, Hazel, your generous and “wacky” spirit lives on…forever
 

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6 Responses to “A Tribute (Short) to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and and Sharing a few Thoughts on Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace”

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  5. craiglock Says:

    Hi to all you “out there in cyberspace”

    Pleased you all like these thoughts so much (the reason I write is to share). I’ve had many hundreds of links already since posting, so thank you so much. With so many blogs and books to write and manage (and so little time in a day and night) unfortunately I can’t return the favour, but your actions are much appreciated.

    All the best

    craig

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”
    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

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  6. craiglock Says:

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid http://goo.gl/vTpjk and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html
    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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