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“I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.”

June 17, 2016

“I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating’.”

from https://mandelamadiba.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/i-have-one-great-fear-in-my-heart-that-one-day-when-they-are-turned-to-loving-they-will-find-we-are-turned-to-hating/

and

http://www.wemustnothate.wordpress.com

Rainbow touch (from flickr.com)

 

“Together, one mind, one life , one heart, one small step at a time, let’s plant the seeds of a better and brighter tomorrow.”

 

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”There is always something new out of Africa.”

May 14, 2014

”There is always something new out of Africa.”

A ‘Review’ of the Film: “CATCH A FIRE” and Sharing a few Thoughts on Forgiveness

December 7, 2013

SAflagNEWArticle 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)
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Submitted and shared by Craig Lock (in 2007)

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

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 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

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

www.breakdownwalls.wordpress.com

www.peacepursuit.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunity.wordpress.com

www.buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com

www.sharefaith.wordpress.com.

http://religiousunity.wordpress.com

and his various other blogs at

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)

Publishing Guidelines

All my articles may be freely published

Submitter’s Note:

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.
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“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.
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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 mind-set 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 ‘perpetrators of the state-sanctioned violence’and his family.

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

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To end off, here are a few thoughts on forgiveness
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act – it is an
attitude of mind.”
– Martin Luther King

“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 human 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

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“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 oppression or persecution of others.”
– John F Kennedy

About the submitter:
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.”

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 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

 
Craig’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com
http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com + so many others I can’t keep track
(obsessive or WHAT!)

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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.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS

“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)

“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.”
– craig

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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

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“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!

from http://www.momsgarden.wordpress.com

“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

 

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Picture: Lions Head, Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City of South Africa with Table Bay and Robben Island in the distance (where Nelson Mandela, “a true champion of justice, peace and reconciliation” made huge sacrifices being imprisoned all those long years in his pursuit of his cause, his ideals, his dream for a “unified Beloved Country”)

“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

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from  http://longroadtopeace.wordpress.com/

“Even in the darkest corners there are inspiring rays of light.”

September 26, 2013

 

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“So often in this land of contradictions, even in its darkest corners there are inspiring rays of light.”

fine writing by Allister Sparks in his fascinating book Beyond the Miracle

“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)

April 16, 2013

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“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)

“The past is not just another country- it’s another planet!”

January 30, 2013

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The past is not just another country – it’s another planet!”

Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

January 22, 2013

South Africa, the “Beloved Country” – a long and tortuous journey of a “negotiated revolution”…and a model of reconciliation to the world

Article Title: Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, New Book(s), Craig Lock, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace, Pursuit of peace (enough there now)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

The submitter’s blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

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)


Publishing Guidelines: All my writings may be freely published.
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SHARING A FEW THOUGHTS (THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW “WORK”)
SEE A NEW “WORK” TAKE SHAPE AND FORM

These are some notes that I’ve made recently (from my “red book”), which is forming the basis, the frame-work, the building-blocks for a new manuscript I’m writing. So will share with you and post extracts (hopefully regularly) on my blog as I write it. Hopefully I’ll continue getting my “daily dose of inspiration”.
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“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

“We can all be great; because we can all serve (others in some way).”
– Mother Teresa

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”
– Friedrich Schiller, German writer and philosopher

“Try not to become a man (person) of success, but one of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

(Heed those words, President al Assad of Syria!)

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong –oops!)

“We are committed to the positive values found in sport:
Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

The strength of spirit in the human heart. The love of God made manifest.
God’s greatest gift to us is to find our own truths.
Everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

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My Thoughts on Writing
I write about the ‘essence of humanity’. I want to impel some kind of action in readers, like breaking down barriers in some small way. Religion divides; but truth unites (unity in truth). The way we live is more important than what we believe. We are all connected by the common bond of our shared humanity.
I try to show the extra-ordinary in ’ordinary’ (what’s that?) lives, as revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very hard; yet of so satisfying journey that is called life.

“I was like floating on a cloud of infinite possibilities.”
(that’s a simile, btw!)

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MY NEW BOOK

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

Dedication:
“I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”

“To all of us who believe love rules,
stand up and let it shine.”

A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths.
Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past but with hope for the future.
In a phrase, A NEW HEART.
Khatib is the Arab word (name) for writer

Themes of:
* building bridges of reconciliation (“threads of hope”)
* Truth overcomes power
* forgiveness: Forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for the future.
* the strength of spirit in the human heart

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us;
but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
– craig

* the redemptive power of love
* Hope is irresistable. Plant seeds of hope: From seeds of hope to endless possibilities, far and grand horizons.”
“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help
(as only God can do that, but each one of us can be a channel for God’s love).
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Let your spirit shine through these words.
Embrace the Light (Infinite ) and shine Your bright light on humanity

“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘little people with big hearts’ * will eventually reach their destination, their destiny.

“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
However, it is a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.

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About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.
www.craiglockbooks.com
http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

(Come on now, craig. Show some faith!)

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

THIS EXTRACT MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
PPS
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our goals.”
– Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

WALLS: “Man is a great wall builder…”

November 3, 2012

WALLS

“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: :

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

 

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children-

MINE!


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