A new moral leadership is needed in the world!

November 28, 2018

South Africa: "the Beloved Country"

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A new moral leadership is needed in the world!

November 26, 2018

Working, Striving towards a more Peaceful World "I WRITE, I SHARE, I DREAM!"

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“As Zimbabwe slides miserably down an apparently bottomless slope of corruption, violence and economic collapse, the Mandela moral shadow looms over the failings of leadership across the continent. (Which leads to a powerful message to other places of seemingly intractable conflict)… In South Africa repression and resistance cycled and spiralled. But there was no possible military victory against the people, no matter how powerful South Africa’s military machine. In the end, only a negotiated settlement could end the violence – and that required moral leadership, from all sides. Israel, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, the United States and many others will one day get the point; alas for those doomed to suffer till then.”

– Andrew Ladley (director of Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies reviewing ‘Mandela: A critical Life’ by Tom Lodge and ‘Mandela: The Authorised Portrait’ by Mac Maharaj writing his excellent review of…

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Morning has broken

November 17, 2018

Inspirational videos

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/we-make-a-living-by-what-we-getbut-we-make-a-life-by-what-we-give/

and

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definitely  do NOT possess)!

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How to Change the World (properly): Jordan Peterson

November 15, 2018

BOOKS BY CRAIG LOCK

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“No matter what people tell you, 

words and ideas can change the world.

– Robin Williams

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

November 9, 2018

Craig's Quotes

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

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“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already….” —

November 2, 2018

Writers on Writing

Originally posted on Ernest Hemingway: Thoughts on the Writing Journey: picture from https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=angolan+dawn+craig+lock&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aangolan+dawn+craig+lock “where a man feels at home, outside of where he’s born, is where he’s meant to go.” ― ernest hemingway, Green Hills of Africa “All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would…

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Peace on Earth

October 29, 2018

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PEACE ON EARTH
“Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step i take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.”
– anon

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South Africa

October 25, 2018

Submitters Note

I came across these old writings (which I had forgotten) from over 10 years ago on one of many old usb drives (“dis-organised chaos”). They formed the basis for a book on SA, “the Beloved Country” that I never completed (  I think, as I tend to lose track of all my books), as I got “side-tracked” on many other projects.

Enjoy anyway.

“passionate and impulsive” craig

Gisborne, NZ 26th October 2018

see http://www.onetaleoftwocities.wordpress.com

(two very different countries that I love*)

* who says Kiwis lack passion, other than for rugby!

I want to write stories that matter a lot to me, in terms of my deepest values. True stories from people’s lives in history, that are worth sharing with others, as they have great meaning regarding the universal human condition. I love writing about ordinary people in exceptional circumstances and times, that hopefully uplift and impact others…through certain people’s great generosity of spirit inherent in the human condition. Spirits that overcome great obstacles or some immense adversity in their lives!

In short, I try to write, then share inspirational stories of ordinary people in exceptional circumstances and times; so my writings are about the indomitable and unquenchable strength of the human spirit.

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“I felt emotionally stateless and disoriented.”

“Peace comes after a violent past soaked in blood. Add colours to the rich mosaic, the tapestry of diverse and vibrant life of South Africans.”

“I was a child, a product of the apartheid  years. My life was consumed by apartheid; so that I could not live a ‘normal’ life in SA. I had to leave to focus on living . A stable normal life, fulfill my potential and do the best for my family.”

Make a successful living … with politics and deeper issues.

Memories like Rooibos tea

Five Roses

‘simunye’ = unity

The word ‘valindaba’ from the Sotho African language means ‘about this we do not talk’

South Africa is blessed in resources beyond many. It dare not live just for itself. It must work and labour to bless Africa and the world…but especially Africa. If only for Africa’s sake we dare not fail; because as South Africa goes, so will the rest of Africa.

The chance is there individually and nationally to do something positive here in the Beloved Country. Also out there in our convulsive and incredible continent. And in the wider world.

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A NEW DAWN

A NEW BEGINNING

Underlying themes (threads) of choices, faith, forgiveness and love. A ‘masterly’ tale of man’s great passion, told against the backdrop of a troubled and exciting continent. A story of ordinary men and women (like you and me) whose strong sense of justice and decency led to their making their own unique contribution to the liberation of South Africa.

A NEW BOOK : ‘FROM SEEDS OF HATE TO THE BONDS OF LOVE’

” Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”

– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

THE OBJECTIVE:

I write to impel some kind of ACTION in readers. To try, little by little, one mind, one heart at a time, to break down barriers between peoples.

My aim in this book: To write a TRUE story with eternal truths, like the redemptive power of love. Story (or stories) of renewal and transformation of heart. I want to try planting (then water) seeds of hope to as many people as possible: Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past; but with hope for the future.

CONTENTS;

PART ONE

Chapter One : The Film ‘Catch a Fire’

Chapter Two: ‘A Passing Summer’ by Michael Cassidy:  the Politics of Love’

Chapter Three: Sharing some Thoughts on the Power of Forgiveness

Chapter Four:  A New Dawn

Chapter Five: The Writer as Bridge-builder

Chapter Six: A New Peace

Chapter Seven: The End

PART TWO

The Writer as Bridge-builder

Appendix:

One: Zimbabwe

Two: “My Conversations with God”

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CHAPTER ONE:       THE FILM  ‘CATCH A FIRE’

Based on the story of Patrick Chamusso, the personal journey and transformation of an “ordinary” man: from a compliant oil refinery worker and family man, then after being arrested, tortured and deported to his birth country of Mozambique became a radicalised African National Congress guerilla fighter code-named ‘Hotstuff’ – a man fighting for the liberation of his people, and his country.

Eventually Patrick was arrested again and convicted as a terrorist; then served his long and harsh sentence on Robben Island in the chilly waters off Cape Town, until his release in 1991. Now Chamusso, aged 57, runs an orphanage with his wife, Connie, where they tend to Aids orphans in the dusty hills near Kruger National Park. From their modest home the close couple care for 14 children. Already they have found foster homes for a further 90 under-privileged (and often malnourished) youngsters in the village, who visit their house daily for food, bible classes and the shiny bicycles donated by the film’s production company. All done with a great generosity of spirit.

But then, Patrick and his beloved wife, Conney have always tried to instill in others the importance of serving others through Christian love. They say that their current long battle against HIV (the Aids virus) is like our people’s long and hard struggle against apartheid.

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Another sub-plot tells a story of how good people can often do bad things and the reader gets inside the soul of a man, who wanted to do good and yet preserve the status quo of the ruling regime – to protect the institutions and history of the country. The plots interweave, the two men living on different sides of the fence – yet both loving their families and their country equally; it’s just that they have a completely different view of their country. The story not only shines a light on South Africa’s past, but tells us something about the present:how one man’s freedom fighter can be another person’s terrorist. (It just depends upon ones perspective at a particular time in history). So, by only looking to history, we always find something, a ray of hope to illuminate the present and the future.

History tells us that Patrick Chamusso, was the ‘good guy’, who finds himself so backed into a corner, that he finds no other way of expressing and achieving his political aspirations, other than through using force. Therefore it’s vitally important to understand the mind of a person. And that is the mindset we are truly going to have to understand to “win this current ‘war against terror'”. And we are certainly not going to do it by eliminating the ‘perpetrators of the state-sanctioned violence’ and his family.

So my work is also most importantly, a story of redemption: of a man trying to regain his humanity…and one eventually does!

I hope that people can relate to Patrick, Griffith’s, David’s and Rick’s stories, as I believe they reveal the humanity in each of us. I don’t think Chamusso is a hero for taking up arms. I think he’s a hero for laying them down. Their story has a message of forgiveness and hope and parallels the miracle of South Africa today. Now if only other countries could offer the kind of leadership South Africa produced at that precarious time in its blood-soaked history…and learn the lessons from the past, then the whole of Africa and even the entire world would be a far better and more peaceful place for all of us.

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“While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument of our hardship and suffering. We would want it to be a triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of wisdom and largeness of spirit against small minds and pettiness;

a triumph of courage and determination over human frailty and weakness; a triumph of the New South Africa over the old.”

Ahmed Kathrada (who was imprisoned for 26 years. Prisoner No: 468/64)

31 Oct 2006 – Source: United Methodist News Service

Hero of ‘Catch a Fire’ tells church about apartheid era.

“I have learned to remember the words of my friend, Nelson Mandela, when he said, ‘We can never be free, unless we learn to forgive.'” Those are the words of Patrick Chamusso, a former prisoner on South Africa’s Robben Island with Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela told us to offer forgiveness. He even forgave the person who held him prisoner all those years at Robben Island.”

The movie depicts Chamusso’s transformation from an oil refinery worker to a freedom fighter. He was a foreman at the centrally located Secunda oil refinery, which was a symbol of South Africa’s self-sufficiency at a time when the world was instituting economic sanctions and protesting the country’s apartheid system. It was also a symbol of the wealth and riches of South Africa, earned in part from the exploitation of cheap black labor.

In his spare time, Chamusso coached a local boys’ soccer team. He was by no means a political man and would not have dreamed of becoming a member of Nelson Mandela’s freedom party, the African National Congress. That changed when Chamusso was arrested upon suspicion of sabotage of Secunda in 1980. He was beaten, tortured and mentally abused. When his wife, Precious was beaten and arrested, Chamusso was stunned into action. He left his family and joined the African National Congress in Mozambique, where he met Joe Slovo, the head of the congress’ military wing and later a cabinet member in Mandela’s first post-apartheid government.

In 1981, Chamusso attacked the Secunda refinery in a mission designed by Slovo. After the bombing, he was captured and arrested, held for nine months without trial and brutally tortured.

“I became angry to my God,” Chamusso said, as he recalled his detention. “I said, ‘Where are you?’ I am going to face the judge, and I know I’m going to die.’ But I didn’t. I was supposed to have the death sentence for what I did, but the judge gave me 24 years… It was God.”

Chamusso was imprisoned on Robben Island along with Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners. Chamusso said the only way he was able to survive prison was by praying. He served 10 years, received amnesty and was released in 1991.

We must forgive!’

“At first, I thought it wasn’t a good story, because I didn’t value myself as a human being,” Chamusso said. “The reason was the structure of apartheid in South Africa. It was directed at a black man. I couldn’t open a bank account in South Africa; because I must take a white man with me. I couldn’t buy a car without a white man. If there was a road block, they would pull me out of the car, search me and beat me in front of my children. But we said, ‘We forgive you people.’ Through forgiveness, you let go of the anger and put it down. You forget it!

Chamusso said he gets upset when people compare what he did in South Africa to current acts of terrorism.

“I think anyone who compares this to terrorism doesn’t understand,” he said. “There is no comparison. We were trying to remove apartheid. Our policy was, ‘No one must die.’ We wanted to destroy apartheid, not kill people.”

“We must tell the truth, but we must also forgive,” he said.

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Robert Ingersol suggests this great truth:
In the night of death, hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”

I think this is one of the most beautiful lines in all of English literature.

From https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/

And www.beliefhope.wordpress.com

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and

http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

THE END

Golden Dawn Publishing

 

“Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. That is the definition of a legacy.”

October 20, 2018

INSPIRE

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“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, enriching, challenging, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”

enough there for now, c!

PS

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Thank you for all that you did for “the Beloved Country”, Madiba

Your generous spirit lives on

RIP

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South African rainbow from

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A Mandela Pretoria rainbow 12th Dec

A Nelson Mandela rainbow (Pretoria, 12th December 2013)

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Dreamworks

October 11, 2018

BOOKS BY CRAIG LOCK

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“Explore, dream, discover”

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