Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Exploration 9: Responding to a Nobel Speech
The speech I though to be most interesting was Nelson Mandela's, The End of Apartheid (1993). He really ephasizes the simple things that people have taken for granted like equality, democracy, and justice. My favorite passage was, "The value of our shared reward will and must be measured by the joyful peace which will triumph, because the common humanity that bonds both black and white into one human race, will have said to each one of us that we shall all live like the children of paradise" (631). Nelson lends credit for his Nobel peace prize to many people not just himself, because the effort of the nation brought an end to injustice. He also references the ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Since the speech, there has been a large effort to bring democracy to other nations in Africa. Not only that, but all over the world, things are changing and for the better. There is always room for growth in the future. But for now, I think that the only thing that can be done to continue to move forward is to share the idea of democracy to the world. Also, to portray equality in our own lives.