Wednesday, January 30, 2013

National Forgiveness - Black preacher: Why I forgave George Wallace – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

"He said he was wrong," Croom says. "He asked for forgiveness. It was up to us to do that once he asked. It's just so amazing. He played the great politics of the day - and by using hate and racial divide he won."
Yet when they met privately that day at the hotel, Croom says, "This man was really concerned for his soul and his relationship with Jesus Christ."

Black preacher: Why I forgave George Wallace – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

National Forgiveness - Forgiving George Wallace - Baltimore Sun

OK, Not ALL of us forgave da gov... "There is a misconception that African Americans in Alabama were demonstrating their forgiveness of Wallace in 1982 when their votes gave him the edge needed to win another term as governor. Not so. Those votes represented the same political pragmatism that led Wallace to seek them. He was the candidate who promised and could deliver the most."

Forgiving George Wallace - Baltimore Sun

National Forgiveness - 'Segregation Forever': A Fiery Pledge Forgiven, But Not Forgotten : NPR

'Segregation Forever': A Fiery Pledge Forgiven, But Not Forgotten : NPR

National Forgiveness - Forgiving George Wallace - New York Times

"When I met George Wallace, I had to forgive him, because to do otherwise -- to hate him -- would only perpetuate the evil system we sought to destroy.
George Wallace should be remembered for his capacity to change. And we are better as a nation because of our capacity to forgive and to acknowledge that our political leaders are human and largely a reflection of the social currents in the river of history." - Rep. John Lewis

Forgiving George Wallace - New York Times

National Forgiveness - Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela: Forgiveness is possible

Yet another forgiving black South African.  That culture is clearly doing something right!

National Forgiveness - Tutu and the TRC - YouTube

"Opening wounds and cleansing them so they do not fester".  It was apparently very, very hard but facing the pain of the past made it possible for victims to forgive their tormentors. Doggoneit sometimes us humans freaking wonderful!

Dr. Fred Luskin - Forgiveness is Trainable

1) Become more grateful
2) Calm your nervous system
3) Change the story of helplessness to an empowered one.
4) Argue that the world does NOT really owe you anything.

There is resistance to making your part of the planet a hate-free zone.

How did you respond to the unkindness that was sent your way?

Invictus #1 Movie CLIP - Reconciliation and Forgiveness Start Here (2009) HD - YouTube

National Forgiveness - Gov. George Wallace

Sometimes, some people make it easy to forgive them.  Nothing like a complete reversal of your formerly heinous position to inspire forgiveness and compassion.  Decades after "Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!",  He did a beautiful 180.  May the gods smile kindly on good 'ol Governor Wallace.

National Forgiveness - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Mandela gets big, deserved press for his example of forgiveness but when they write the book about it Archbishop Tutu will be prominently mentioned too. In this vid he talks about why forgiveness was necessary in South Africa and what had to be forgiven.

Fred Luskin, PhD: What Is Forgiveness? - YouTube

Among the first big tricks of the the Europeans on their way to endins war was to forgive the Germans.  Dr. Fred Luskin is the worlds leading authority on forgiveness.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Europe: A Measure of The Possible

Europeans are the ones who gave white people a bad name.  But now they have ceased to fight among themselves and shown how permanent peace can work.  If France and England can stop fighting, anyone can.