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MADNESS IS SWEEPING THE GLOBE – ANTONIO GUTERRES & ARE HUMAN BEINGS INHERENTLY EVIL? Asks Nelson Mandela

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Why is it that in this day and age, human beings still butcher one another simply because they dared to belong to different religions, to speak different tongues, or belong to different races? Are human beings inherently evil? – Nelson Mandela ‘’I have spoken recently about winds of hope. ‘’But today, a wind of madness is sweeping the globe. From Libya to Yemen to Syria and beyond — escalation is back. Arms are flowing and offensives are increasing. All situations are different but there is a feeling of growing instability and hair-trigger tensions, which makes everything far more unpredictable and uncontrollable, with a heightened risk of miscalculation. Meanwhile, Security Council resolutions are being disrespected even before the ink is dry. ‘’As we can see, problems feed each other. As economies falter, poverty remains entrenched. As future prospects look bleak, populist and ethnic nationalist narratives gain appeal. As instability rises, investment dries up, and development cycles down. When armed conflicts persist, societies reach perilous tipping points. ‘’And as governance grows weak, terrorists get stronger, seizing on the [vacuum.] ‘’In the year ahead, I will press to break the vicious circles of suffering and conflict and to push for a strong surge of diplomacy for peace’’. – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres  Response by President Nelson Mandela to the 1994 Peace Lecture of the WCRP (South African Chapter) 7 August 1994  It is not the easiest thing in the world to respond to any Peace Lecture. But to respond to one by as accomplished a peace warrior as the People’s Bishop is a daunting task. I hope that I speak on behalf of all those assembled here in thanking Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his inspiring and thought-provoking remarks. The ideas were so clearly espoused, so simply and honestly articulated that there is effectively nothing to add. These are qualities that earned him the most passionate hatred by those who defend injustice, and at the same time, the loving embrace of the poor and down-trodden. Nevertheless, we are called upon to partake in this discourse.  You have chosen the most relevant theme for the times in which we live: “Let us celebrate our diversity”. From the point of view of the shocking images that we see on our television screens, these are words not easily uttered. In a world in which there is a prevalent tendency to see diversity as a curse, an omen for…

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