Doves of Peace

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Inspiration: Leo Tolstoy and his book “War and Peace are little known in the USA because of his communist ideals and tendencies. However, Gandhi, MLK and Nelson Mandela found great inspirations in Tolstoy’s writings, which they implemented in their approach to change. One should be able to pick out the parts of a role model one wants to emulate. There is no rule which says you are then bound to follow every aspect and ideology of that role model unless you truly believe in the exact same principles.

“We were expected to destroy one another and ourselves collectively in the worst racial conflagration. Instead, we as a people chose the path of negotiation, compromise and peaceful settlement. Instead of hatred and revenge we chose reconciliation and nation-building.”

  • Nelson Mandela

“Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war. Let the efforts of us all, prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Let a new age dawn!”

  • Nelson Mandela

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches