"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Monday, December 9, 2013

Madiba - Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
was the great grandson of 
King Ngubengcuka
of the Tembu people
had the birth name
which means
pulling the branch
of a tree.
Poverty is not an accident.
Like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.
Nelson Mandela

One of Mandela's Team of International Lawyers Irwin Cotler - Member of Parliment Canada
In the 1980s while still a student,I was into world music and was turned on to Johnny Clegg's music.
I also learned what was happening in South Africa. 

Something clicked. Along with many friends, we went to anti-apartheid demonstrations and free Nelson Mandela concerts. Petitions, letters, you name it.
 Speech in Toronto Canada for the 
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

After he was free, 
Madiba made many visits to Canada. 

In Montreal in the 1990s,
I had the privilege to be in the crowd
to hear him speak in person. 
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin,
or his background or his religion.
People 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"

Like a wise father
Nelson (Madiba) Mandela
has educated us all.

Johnny Clegg and Nelson Mandela sing - Asimbonanga
© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon

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