Monday, July 15, 2013

On the True Art of the Possible: Personal Reflections

I began a revamp of this (which I am hoping to evolve further as part of the "Daily Outsiders" network I am working to build with a "vision of the future" about the art of the possible.   Part of this entails reflecting upon the humanity of the World and very nature of humanity that would lead to a better tomorrow for all.

I begin with this from the Dalai Lama:

To be contented human beings we need trust and friendship, which tends to develop much better once we realise that all beings have a right to happiness, just as we do. Taking others’ interests into account not only helps them, it also helps us. Warm-heartedness and concern for others are a part of human nature and are at the core of positive human values.

The need to embrace a sense of humanity constantly and consistently should be at the core of human existence today.  Yet, the self-centered nature of how we live and act in our World seems to be a profound challenge that cannot be overcome.   

But, in the midst of such a challenging world that I wrote about earlier in "ordinaryfaces" and also released to "outsider views", I also see stories of hope.  One such story is this that was featured on CBC News--the National Network of Canada:

UBC student Rumana Monzur, who was blinded after a violent attack in Bangladesh two years ago, has finished her master's degree and is preparing for her next challenge: law school.

"I didn't let those negative emotions get hold of my thoughts; I thought this is how I am going to do it. I have to do it now," she says.

If she's able to overcome this horrific attack in Bangladesh to study law, then anything is possible.   I also remembered and reflected upon the spirt of compassion and principled resistance as I happened to catch a Movie about Nelson Mandela.   It featured interviews with all his compatriots including Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki.  It reflected upon his struggle and how they decided to continue their resistance even after they were convicted of treason and went to Robbin Island.  It reminded me of the film Cry Freedom.  To me, that film was one of the key achievements that started to bring South Africa's story to the World for the Cry of Freedom to be heard around the World:

The words of this song sends shivers down my spine even today.   We must never give up on the right to believe in the beauty of our dreams and about having a sense of hope.  Such stories reflect it.   A beautiful life on all fronts awaits all who have to courage to step up and take notice.

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