Voorgelezen tijdens inauguratie van Nelson
Mandela op 10 mei 1994
Het is een misverstand dat deze tekst uit
het boek 'A return to love' van de Amerikaanse schrijfster
Williamson is gebruikt:
natuurlijk een prachtige tekst blijft!
Our worst fear is that we are
Our deepest fear is that we
are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our
darkness that frightens us most.
We ask ourselves: 'Who am I
to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?'
Actually, who are you not to
You are a child of God;
Your playing small does not
serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened
about shrinking, so that other people will not feel insecure around
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us;
it is in everyone
And as we let our light shine
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
And when we are liberated
from our own worst fear, our presence automatically liberates
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OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS NELSON ROLIHLAHLA
MANDELA AT HIS INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
OF SOUTH AFRICA UNION BUILDINGS
Pretoria, 10 May 1994
Comrades and Friends.
all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other
parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn
the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too
long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.
daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South
African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice,
strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and
sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.
this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who
are so well represented here today.
compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is
as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are
the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the
time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of
personal renewal. The national mood changes as the seasons change.
moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green
and the flowers bloom.
spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common
homeland explains the depth of the pain we all carried in our hearts
as we saw our country tear itself apart in a terrible conflict, and
as we saw it spurned, outlawed and isolated by the peoples of the
world, precisely because it has become the universal base of the
pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression.
people of South Africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us
back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have
today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the
world on our own soil.
thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to
take possession with the people of our country of what is, after
all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.
trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the
challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism
deeply appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their
political mass democratic, religious, women, youth, business,
traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this
conclusion. Not least among them is my Second Deputy President, the
Honourable F.W. de Klerk.
would also like to pay tribute to our security forces, in all their
ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing our
first democratic elections and the transition to democracy, from
blood-thirsty forces which still refuse to see the light.
time for the healing of the wounds has come.
moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.
time to build is upon us.
have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge
ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of
poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of
relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a
complete, just and lasting peace.
triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the
millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build
the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will
be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of
their inalienable right to human dignity - a rainbow nation at peace
with itself and the world.
token of its commitment to the renewal of our country, the new
Interim Government of National Unity will, as a matter of urgency,
address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people
who are currently serving terms of imprisonment.
dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and
the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered
their lives so that we could be free.
dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.
both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the
people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President
of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist government.
understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom
it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.
therefore act together as a united people, for national
reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.
there be justice for all.
there be peace for all.
there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been
freed to fulfill themselves.
never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will
again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the
indignity of being the skunk of the world.
shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!
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