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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

The South African leadership continues to astonish the world with its stubborn insistence on reconciliation and forgiveness - and that is a rare example in a world where many are determined to exact vicious revenge onto those who once oppressed them.

This week the president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki attended the funeral of one of the most vicious leaders of Apartheid who, even after his racist regime had fallen, refused to take part in national reconciliation. Well, in death, the black leaders of South Africa offered him a state funeral to bid him farewell.

Now if only others in distant places like Iraq, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir can learn half of the lesson the likes of Nelson Mandela are trying to teach, the world would be so much better for it.

4 Comments:

Blogger Yzerfontein said...

It's a powerful lesson Mbeki taught - the ability to see past the devil in somebody to his humanity - Nelson Mandela has bucketfulls of that ability in him.

November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Jawad said...

The man is a gift to humanity. We should feel extremely privileged that we share the same space in history with this remarkable teacher of mankind.

BTW, welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

November 10, 2006

 
Anonymous Amine said...

After all they have been through, Mbeki, Mandela, etc...decided that they did not have a minute to hate but decided to pursue justice for the rest of their lives...forgiveness and its power is the other side of that coin...equally as important...

Your post reminds me of a speech by Cornel West, you can check it out at:

ttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4610997324245455382&q=cornel+west

November 26, 2006

 
Blogger Jawad said...

Thank you Amine. Dr. West does have a way with words on these matters.

November 29, 2006

 

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