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“A book is like* the garden of the mind’. Plant the right seeds, your thoughts in the fertile soil, at times even the highest ones… and you will get a stunning, a beautiful, a magnificent garden (of the soul).”November 4, 2013
“A book is like a garden carried in your pocket.”
“A book is like* the garden of the mind’. Plant the right seeds, your thoughts in the fertile soil, at times even the highest ones… and you will get a stunning, a beautiful, a magnificent garden (of the soul).”
* that’s a simile, by the way!
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is (has) not ended.”October 31, 2013
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is (has) not ended.”
― Nelson Mandela
Published on Apr 17, 2013
Montblanc presents the “Power of Words” video project as part of the “Midnight Moment” in Times Square, capturing the powerful words of Nelson Mandela.
The video installation, created especially for the Times Square screens, has been showing nightly through the month of April 2013 from 11:57 pm — midnight as part of the “Midnight Moment”.
The words of Nelson Mandela—made up of text edited from numerous speeches—collide, float, pour, and burst onto Times Square’s screens through a dramatic, cosmic blue background in the collaborative work created by Nabil Elderkin, Andrew van der Westhuyzen, and Gregory Stern.
For Montblanc, its more than just an exciting piece of modern contemporary art, it honours the power of the written word and is a tribute to remarkable, outstanding people like Nelson Mandela. As part of the international Montblanc “Signature for Good” cooperation with UNICEF, this new and exciting initiative will help to raise awareness and create a better understanding about the importance of quality education for children around the world.
“Man is a great wall builder
The Berlin Wall
The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
But the wall most impregnable
Has a moat
flowing with fright
around his heart
A wall without windows for the spirit to breeze through
without a door for love to walk in.”
– OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet
from the compelling book, ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)
“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls.
Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…
in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood as citizens of planet earth.
We here in far-off New Zealand share the common bond of humanity:
the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy inherant in the human condition…
no matter where in the world you may live.”
– craig (after 911 and Asian tsunami Dec 2004)
“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds), let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility…
and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great.
Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’) are available at: :
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children-
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.”October 29, 2012
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.”
“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”
TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow
Article Title: A ‘Review’ of the Film: “CATCH A FIRE” and Sharing a few Thoughts on Forgiveness
(written by Shawn Slovo and her producer sister, Robyn)
Submitted and shared by Craig Lock
Category/Tags (Key words): Films, South Africa, stories of South Africa. Catch a Fire, Gillian Slovo, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Pursuit of peace
Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html
Craig’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.sharefaith.wordpress.com.wordpress.comwww.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com http://religiousunity.wordpress.comwww.peacepursuit.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, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)
All my articles may be freely published
Like the writers, producers and directors of ‘Catch the Fire’ , I too love to write and share stories that matter a lot to me, in terms of my deepest values (“the artistic temprament”??). True stories from people’s lives in history, that are worth sharing with others, as they have great meaning regarding the universal human condition. So I write about ordinary people in exceptional circumstances and times, that hopefully uplift and impact others through certain people’s great generosity of spirit inherent in the human condition to overcome great obstacles or adversity in their lives! My stories are about the indomitable and unquenchable strength of the human spirit… and ‘Catch a Fire’ is a story that I would have loved to have written … but now that it’s been done by Shawn and Robyn Slovo far more personally, bigger and better than I could ever have done. I found the story of the film so moving, compelling and inspiring, just “impulsively” wanted to share with you and encourage you to see this uplifting and inspiring movie.
“Catch a Fire” is based on the story of Patrick Chamusso, the personal journey and transformation of an “ordinary” man: from a compliant oil refinery worker and family man, then after being arrested, tortured and deported to his birth country of Mozambique became a radicalised African National Congress guerrilla fighter code-named “Hotstuff” – a man fighting for the liberation of his people, and his country.
Eventually Patrick was arrested again and convicted as a terrorist; then served his long and harsh sentence on Robben Island in the chilly waters off Cape Town, until his release in 1991. Now Chamusso, aged 57, runs an orphanage with his wife, Connie, where they tend to Aids orphans in the dusty hills at White River near Kruger National Park. From their modest home the close couple care for 14 children. Already they have found foster homes for a further 90 under-privileged (and often malnourished) youngsters in the village, who visit their house daily for food, bible classes and the shiny bicycles donated by the film’s production company…all done with a great generosity of spirit.
But then, Patrick and his beloved wife, Conney have always tried to instil in others the importance of serving others through Christian love. They say that their current long battle against HIV is like our people’s long and hard struggle against apartheid.
I think it’s vitally important to understand the mind of a person. Another important message in the story is how good people can often do bad things and the reader gets inside the soul of a man, who wanted to do good and yet preserve the status quo of the ruling regime – to protect the institutions and history of the country. The plots interweave, the two men living on different sides of the fence – both who love their families and their country equally; it’s just that they have a completely different view of their country and visions for its future. The story not only shines a light on South Africa’s past, but tells us something about the present and how one man’s freedom fighter can be another’s terrorist. (It just depends upon ones perspective). So, by only looking to history, we always find something, a ray of hope to illuminate the present and the future.
History tells us that Patrick Chamusso, was the ‘good guy’, who finds himself so backed into a corner, that he finds no other way of expressing and achieving his political aspirations, other than through using force. And that is the mindset we ‘ordinary people’and especially world leaders are truly going to have to understand in order to “win this current ‘war against terror'”. And we are certainly not going to do it through force and invasions, by eliminating the ‘perpertrators of the state-sanctioned violence’and hisfamily.
It’s also most importantly, a story of redemption: of a man trying to regain his humanity…and one eventually does!
I don’t think Chamusso is a hero for taking up arms. I think he’s a hero for laying them down. Their story has a message of forgiveness and hope in the future – one that parallels the miracle of South Africa today. Now if only other countries could offer the kind of leadership South Africa produced at that precarious time in its blood-soaked history…and learn the lessons from the past, then the whole of Africa and even the entire world would be a far better and more peaceful place for all of us.
based on (and inspired by) a great interview with film director, Phillip Noyce and Russell Baillie, as published in the Weekend Herald, Auckland, New Zealand on 9th June 2007
“The noblest revenge is to forgive.”
– Thomas Fuller, English author (1608-1661)
His (Mandela’s) ability to rise above his conditions, to stay positive and remain focussed. His dignity, humility and character. He is a model for everyone, especially his total lack of bitterness towards his former enemies. “There is no time to be bitter – there is work to be done.”
A tribute to the symbolic presence of dignity and strength. “Madiba’s’strength of will and character. (“He took Christianity to the market-place.”) Mandela embraced his enemies with love in a “Christ-like selflessness”, epitomising a “Divine Grace” in the uman condition. He truly BELIEVED in his mission, never wavering in his convictions. One man’s commitment to a noble cause – what one man can do preaching reconciliation. “My mission is embracing the wounds of my country.” He gives pride to all black people. What men can do with a noble mission.
“If I don’t forgive my enemies, I deny my right to have power over them.”
– Martin Luther King or Robert Kennedy??
“One man can make a difference.”
– Robert Kennedy
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968, American Leader and Nobel Prize Winner, 1964)
“Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.” So eulogised Robert Kennedy after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in April 1968.
“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the opression or persecution of others.”
– John F Kennedy
Craig is passionate about his former country, South Africa and writes about the “Beloved Country” in his novels. The story of ‘Catch a Fire’ has a lot of meaning to his life and shares important themes from his own writings. In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through “planting, then sowing ideas as ‘seeds of hope’”. He believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us. Craig’s new work ‘A New Dawn’ is set in the Middle East: To attempt to find ‘common ground’/principles between different religions and cultures and to try to make some difference in building bridges in an ever more dangerous, turbulent and uncertain world. “A passionate story of inspiration: hope, faith, peace and especially love.”
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“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope for a better and brighter future.”
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“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask ‘why’? I dream of things that never were, and ask ‘why not’?”
~Robert F. Kennedy
“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)
Help lift our eyes a little higher”