“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
If you did this, stopped fearing the worst, predicting some non-existant, bleak future where everything goes wrong, and resisted caving in to the pessimist you are, your family might be healing and becoming whole again. But it's all about the fear with you. Fear rules your mind, your heart and your decisions. And that's where we're different. I always visualize how great things will be if everything goes right, and how, even if something goes wrong, we'll fix it because we're together.
This reminds me of when Marmee from Little Women tells Jo, "Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life?"
Nelson Mandela, 1964. "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." - Supreme Court of South Africa, Pretoria, Rivonia Trial Speech, on 20 April 1964.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." ~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela - This man that changed the world grew up in a tiny village and was the 1st member of his family to attend school. His father, who served as a royal counselor to tribal chiefs, died when he was 9. Mandela was adopted by the Thembu regent, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo. He was given a Christian name "Nelson" by his teacher - the name means "the son of the champion."
In addition to the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela has received more than 250 awards, including honorary degrees from more than 50 universities worldwide. In 2001, he became the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen, and he was the last person to receive the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union.