LOVE HOPE DREAM
(published by Ubuntu, which roughly translated, means humanity towards others, ie. “I am because of who and what we ALL are”)
The 20th century’s most remarkable humanitarians. Take inspiration from the African concept ‘ubuntu’, which shows that the only way we can ever be human is together. The only way we can be free is together. Each book is founded on the work and example of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable humanitarians. I think these books are available from major booksellers and at Amazon. Royalties (kindly) to Tygerburg Children’s Hospital and Philani Clinic in Cape Town . Thanks Archbishop Tutu for sharing your great generosity of spirit throughout your life.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE POWER OF LOVE
EQUALITY IS ESSENTIAL TO HUMAN LIFE AND WELL-BEING.
A Ministry (Mission) of Reconciliation (the mission of Jesus)
“To love someone more dearly every day To help some wandering child to find its way To ponder over noble thoughts and pray And smile when evening galls. To seek the Truth as blind men long for light To do our best from dawn till night To keep our hearts fit for His Holy sight And answer when He calls.”
We are true witnesses, if we are on the side of the weak, the powerless, the exploited. (Just as Jesus was a voice for the ‘voiceless’.)
If I diminish you, I diminish myself.
I am what I am because of what we all are. A person is a person through other persons. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are.
If we could but recognise our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another’s, that we can be free only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of one family, the human family. Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realise our need of one another.
People are really wonderful. The only way we can survive is together, black and white; the only way we can be truly human is together, black and white.
Let us come together and be one, let us be people of peace, let us be people of harmony.
Those who forget the past, as many have pointed out, are doomed to repeat it.
One has got to say to our people, ‘I love you, I care for you, enormously.’ And when I care about black liberation, it is because I care about white liberation.
We humans can tolerate suffering, but we cannot tolerate meaninglessness (As Jewish concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl wrote in his amazing book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’)..
At times of despair, we must learn to see with new eyes.
Peace without justice is an impossibility.
Peace involves inevitable righteousness, justice, wholesomeness, fullness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.”
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light… and where there is sadness, joy. I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
– St Francis of Assisi (thanks, dearest mom for sharing those inspirational words with me)