Thursday, July 15, 2010

Invictus - I am the Master of my Fate

Recently I watched the movie Invictus which starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.  Mandela spent almost 30 years in a South African prison, a victim of the oppression of apartheid.  While in prison,Mr. Mandela lived the expression: "though you chain my body, you cannot control my mind and soul".

In the movie Mandela relates that when times were the worst, threatening to bring him to his knees in despair, he was carried through by the poem "Invictus".

Written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley, here is it for you:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Truly inspiring, and worthy of meditation by us all.

But I do not want to leave you with only the poem.  I encourage you to contemplate its spiritual aspects for life, as Mr. Mandela obviously did.  Upon his release from prison, Mr. Mandela continued the work of ending apartheid.  In 1994 he was elected President.

Now began the work of rebuilding a nation and bringing together its peoples after years of hatred, violence, and mutual distrust between Black and White, rich and poor, the oppressor and the oppressed.  Mr. Mandela united his country behind, (of all things), their all White, continually losing national rugby team. 

As both the team and the country moved beyond past conflicts to a common shared belief, the team went on to win the World Cup of Rugby in 1995.  As Mr. Mandela told his daughter in the movie:  the mistakes of the past are not overcome by continuing them into the future, but by forgiveness and unity born of common strengths.

Mr. Mandela not only voiced these principles but lived them, while encouraging a nation to do the same.

10 comments:

原秋原秋 said...

.有價值的東西,都要付出代價。-................................................

黃威宇 said...

一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。............................................................

dawsonfelicia張君dawsonfelicia均 said...

路過看到好的blog,來留言湊個熱鬧............................................................

Pam said...

Oh, I so needed that tonight. You are an angel, unaware....

賴珈慧賴珈慧 said...

來看看你逛逛blog囉,加油!............................................................

楊容茂楊容茂 said...

不論做什麼事,相信自己,別讓別人的一句話,把你擊倒。..................................................

Every Color Of Life said...

That was nice Pam. I really enjoy your insight and how you describe things. I saw that movie and now feel like I need to go back and watch it again. I must have been tired when I was watching it as I seemed to have missed out on quite a bit.

洪志源 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

凱許倫 said...

絕不要羞於承認自己不知道的事。..................................................

吳沛黃以富民 said...

Man is not made for defeat. A mean can be destroyed but not defeated...................................................................