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Touch of Power – Madiba

He is the first black president of South Africa who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule.

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Here I am sharing glimpses of hi famous speech ” I am prepared to die” ( In 1962, he was arrested by South African security police for his opposition to the white government and its apartheid (“separateness”) policies of racial, political, and economic discrimination against the nonwhite majority. In 1964, the government brought further charges including sabotage, high treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government. This is Mandela’s statement from the dock at the opening of his defense in the 1964 trial.)

  • South Africa is the richest country in Africa, and could be one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a land of extremes and remarkable contrasts. The whites enjoy what may well be the highest standard of living in the world, whilst Africans live in poverty and misery. Forty per cent of the Africans live in hopelessly overcrowded and, in some cases, drought-stricken Reserves, where soil erosion and the overworking of the soil makes it impossible for them to live properly off the land. Thirty per cent are laborers, labor tenants, and squatters on white farms and work and live under conditions similar to those of the serfs of the Middle Ages. The other 30 per cent live in towns where they have developed economic and social habits which bring them closer in many respects to white standards. Yet most Africans, even in this group, are impoverished by low incomes and high cost of living.
  • Poverty goes hand in hand with malnutrition and disease. The incidence of malnutrition and deficiency diseases is very high amongst Africans. Tuberculosis, pellagra, kwashiorkor, gastro-enteritis, and scurvy bring death and destruction of health. The incidence of infant mortality is one of the highest in the world. According to the Medical Officer of Health for Pretoria, tuberculosis kills forty people a day (almost all Africans), and in 1961 there were 58,491 new cases reported. These diseases not only destroy the vital organs of the body, but they result in retarded mental conditions and lack of initiative, and reduce powers of concentration. The secondary results of such conditions affect the whole community and the standard of work performed by African laborers.
  • Poverty and the breakdown of family life have secondary effects. Children wander about the streets of the townships because they have no schools to go to, or no money to enable them to go to school, or no parents at home to see that they go to school, because both parents (if there be two) have to work to keep the family alive. This leads to a breakdown in moral standards, to an alarming rise in illegitimacy, and to growing violence which erupts not only politically, but everywhere. Life in the townships is dangerous. There is not a day that goes by without somebody being stabbed or assaulted. And violence is carried out of the townships in the white living areas. People are afraid to walk alone in the streets after dark. Housebreakings and robberies are increasing, despite the fact that the death sentence can now be imposed for such offences. Death sentences cannot cure the festering sore.
  • During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.         

                        Nelson Mandela – April 20, 1964   

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 His best quotes:::

1) “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

2) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

3) “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”

4) “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

5) “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

6) “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

7) “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

8) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

9) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

10) “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

11) “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

12) “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

13) “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

14) “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

15) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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The world mourn your departure.. RIP Nelson Mandela 5/12/2013

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Lock your ear

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We can not lock our ear. We have to listen everything but what you let enter in your brain is perfectly under your control. Many times you feel sad by criticism or bad words about you. But before you let such things spoil your day do one thing. think about the matter twice. Is it true or not? If its true don’t be sad try to improve yourself..and if its not true just trow it out of your mind.. everyone has their own opinion and thinking..it is not necessary that they all are right..so don’t take everything seriously…this will help you avoid unnecessary stress and depression..and if someone has decided to hurt you by their words this accessory in the image  is worth trying 🙂

This article is in response to

Daily Prompt: Hear No Evil

Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SECRET

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A weird but interesting phobia- information

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Daily Prompt: Fear Factor

People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.

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There are many kinds of fear and phobias but some of them are really surprising and weird here I am giving information about one of such phobia…

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

– Fear of long words

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It is possible to develop a phobia of virtually anything, no matter how innocuous it might actually be. The fear of long words is certainly uncommon, but its rarity does not change how devastating it can be for those who suffer from it. The common name for this fear, however, is a bit sarcastic in nature.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is probably taken from the root word “sesquipedalian,” which means “long word.” Therefore, sesquipedaliophobia is technically more correct. But somewhere along the line, someone added references to the hippopotamus, a large animal, and monsters to make the word sound even more intimidating. How ironic that the name for the fear of long words is, itself, 35 letters long.

Effects of Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Like all phobias, the fear of long words varies dramatically in severity and effects from sufferer to sufferer. Some people are only afraid of extremely long, multisyllabic words or those that are quite obscure. Others fear even moderate-length common words.

The effects of this fear on daily life also vary significantly between sufferers. A college professor with a fear of Latin-based words or a gardener who is afraid of lengthy plant names might have serious difficulties at work. Someone whose job and hobbies are less driven by long words may feel no serious effects at all.

In children and teens, the fear of long words can be crippling. Spelling bees, science classes and research projects generally involve the memorization of long words with complicated definitions. Kids with this phobia might experience classroom anxiety and lower test grades. Isolation, depression and social phobias are possible, particularly in students at academically competitive schools. Students who cannot overcome this fear might have difficulty with college applications and ultimately struggle with higher education.

Symptoms of Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

While many phobias lead to such external symptoms as shaking, freezing in place or sweating, the symptoms of the fear of long words may be more subtle. If you have this fear, you might mentally lock up when confronted with particularly long words. You may limit your speaking and writing vocabulary and simply brush off textbooks and scholarly works. Excuses are common, including such phrases as “That author’s too pretentious” or “I never did have a head for science.”

Children might develop school-related phobias or appear to simply lose interest in school. Rebellious behavior, “forgetting” homework assignments and speaking with an extremely limited vocabulary are possible symptoms.

Since the fear of long words is rare and the symptoms can mirror those of so many other conditions, it is vital to seek advice from a trained mental health professional for any symptoms that begin to impact your life. However, in many people, the symptoms are mild and do not affect the activities of daily living.

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Managing the Fear of Long Words

For many people, the fear of long words is mild. If yours does not significantly impact your life, making a conscious effort to expand your vocabulary can help. Look for opportunities to learn new words through reading or everyday conversation. If you come across an unfamiliar word, look it up. In many cases, familiarity can ease the symptoms of anxiety.

If your symptoms are more serious, impacting your daily life, then professional assistance may be needed. A mental health professional can help you work through your fears and provide coping strategies for managing your symptoms during the treatment process.

SOME OTHER UNUSUAL PHOBIAS:::

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666

Leukophobia- Fear of the color white.

Logizomechanophobia- Fear of computers

Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.

Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia- Fear of Friday the 13th.

Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. ( I THINK THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL 😉 )

Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.

Selenophobia- Fear of the moon.

Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions.

Aurophobia- Fear of gold.

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How to improve perfection ;)

How to improve perfection ;)

Daily Prompt: To Boldly Go…
An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CONTEMPLATION.
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