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In Search of Islands of Sanity

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LANDING ON THE MOON. When Astronauts landed on the moon in 1969, peoples’ spirits everywhere uplifted as if we were of one heart. In that moment, celebration, wonder and mutuality happened at once, across the planet. The accomplishment belonged to everyone. The “Cold War” context of competition in a “Space Race” between East and West briefly became a global project for Mankind and the Human Race as a whole, to pioneer into the Universe. Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s quote, ”One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” captured this beautifully – he didn’t say “America First.”

NELSON MANDELA. On February 11, 1990, South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk freed anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, who had spent 27 years in prison. In one step of forgiveness towards those who had brutally oppressed blacks and coloreds, including himself and his wife, Mandela created, with an authority way stronger than the political change that had occurred, the conversion of a black and white South Africa to One Nation of Africans. The vocal support and attendance by Mandela and thousands of black Africans at the Rugby game between the African Rugby team (The Springboks – hitherto a bastion of Apartheid), and the New Zealand All Blacks was an amazing example of this transformation in action (brilliantly depicted in the movie, “Invictus” directed by Clint Eastwood).

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