There have been many posts today that have struck me with their beauty and eloquence, thoughtfulness and somber tributes. This for me though, held on – perhaps representing the power of all that has been written.

12 thoughts on “Prisoners”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, for I would have missed out on reading this and for sure it would have been a loss. I am amazed and in awe of the tremendous ability to forgive and move forward, but when reading the words of Booker T. Washington; “I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak. It is now long ago that I learned this lesson… and resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him…”, I had my “aha” moment. In its simplicity shines brilliance and as with Mandela, a long and wonderful legacy. Let’s hope we can allow ourselves the wisdom to learn from it and move forward as he dreamed. For in the end, are they not our dreams as well?
    Thanks for this poignant reminder of the man and the great void his passing leaves in the world. Hopefully he will not have walked this earth in vain.

    1. I know I’ve said this so often – Jo you need to write…And what a wonderful circumstance in which to have an ‘aha’ moment. In the words and memory of such remarkable men who had reached levels of human understanding we can only hope to achieve in part. And if we do reach even a partial understanding, nothing will have been in vain.

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