An ordinary life becomes extraordinary
when you seek truth
setting your face against deception and lies.
Find it. Defend it.
Then your life will have meaning to others.
It will make a difference; howsoever small.
And the world will change; for the better.
Yes we can.
The above is the impact statement on the 1st page of my book "The Other - without fear, favour or prejudice", published on line just a few months ago.
I imagined that the time had come for ordinary people to lead change by seeking and defending truth. A central theme was to reject the current purveyance of convenient untruths and suppression of inconvenient truths.
I could not have imagined how right I was to be proved to be ... and how soon ... in Tunisia, Jordan, the Yemen and just now, Egypt.
It is as well also to recall these words -
It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or a woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Francis Kennedy,
Now, what else can one say? really?