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I remember those hearings as if it were yesterday. We wept with Archbishop Tutu in the first hearings in 1996 as he put his head down on the table as tears flowed. He wept for the whole nation and for any of us who always feel a great disconnect from a world still fueled by war or violence.
I’m scheduled to have a meeting with Desmond Tutu after breakfast in East London in order to record a greeting to lawyers and law students who wished to join our project as international monitors. Archbishop Tutu had a surprise lesson for me the moment I sat across from him.
Ubuntu thinking, or interconnection, has existed across non-dominate cultures around the world for centuries. In Hawaii, there is an ancient dispute resolution process called, Hoponopono, or, “to make right, both with the ancestors and those with whom you have a relationship.”
How much of our life do we spend in struggle and rationalizing fighting back? The Dalai Lama says, “Of course, the mind can rationalize fighting back, but the heart…the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided in yourself—the heart and the mind—and the war would be inside you.”
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