Nelson Mandela inspired by Greeks

Speech of Nelson Mandela at the Onnasis Foundation on Friday, June 21, 2002
CLASSIC
1594 views
 

Characters team Dec 05. 2016
by Characters team

Back home I always remind myself to observe the courtesy of thanking those so thoughtful to invite to lunch or dinner a retired old pensioner without office, power or influence.On such occasions I am reminded how powerful the respect is that people have for old age and grey hairs, because I am certain that is the compelling reason for me to receive such invitations.  Away from home I am even more conscious of the privilege, and I must thank the Onassis Foundation and all of you present here for your generous consideration.  I can recommend old age: it lands you a sumptuous meal like this from time to time! This trip will hold a special place in our memory of visits undertaken to foreign countries. In a very real way, this is a pilgrimage to a secular shrine that has deeply inspired important parts of our life. In a very profound way, we feel ourselves to be at our home away from home here in the Hellenic Republic.

Greek philosophers have inspired the quest for freedom in places around the globe. Their thoughts on democracy, freedom, governance, morality and justice served as beacons to freedom fighters and freedom loving people over the centuries. Our own liberation struggle drank deeply from that fountain of wisdom. Your art, and I must say particularly Greek tragedy, deeply informed our understanding of human life and our ability to deal and cope with adversity.  And we all know that adversity is basic to the lives of those that struggle for freedom and justice. To be here in the cradle of democracy and of rational reflection about the human condition is therefore a very special occasion and event.

… Above all, it is an honour and the realisation of a long held wish to be here in the Hellenic Republic and to share with the people of this great and ancient country.


Source: nelsonmandela.org
Speeche of Nelson Mandela at the Onnasis Foundation on Friday, June 21, 2002
luncheon cancelled to due  Mandela becoming ill

Like:
1
Comment(s)
MORE CLASSIC
ELLIS Island. Looking for a new life
ELLIS Island. Looking for a new life
Jan 26. 2016
3195
The movie. The story
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it
Feb 21. 2016
2116
The next time you think about quitting because you've already tried and failed, read this story
14 David Bowie quotes on life and music
14 David Bowie quotes on life and music
Jan 10. 2017
3896
'' As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left? ''
Ten thoughts of Pablo Picasso
Ten thoughts of Pablo Picasso
Apr 11. 2017
1568
People need to be woken up. Their way of identifying things, shattered. Unacceptable images should be created.
BACK TO CATEGORY
comments powered by Disqus