Disarming With Empathy : Jo Berry

9 Aug

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

― Nelson Mandela

This is a most courageous and dignified TED talk. In this wonderful and humane talk, Jo Berry recounts her journey from a sense of pain of losing her father, a conservative MP to a IRA bomb blast to meeting the very person who was responsible for the killing. This journey is perhaps the hardest one for anyone and yet to never  lose humanity nor demonize the other must be the highest of human traits. This compassion perhaps borders on angelic and may be extending compassion and empathy is the solution for all conflict ridden areas. This remarkable talk is also about the humanization of the other,Patrick Magee,provisional IRA Bomber and a remarkable but unorthodox partnership to build bridges and not to demonise the other. This must be truest of mission of peace.

I started with a quote of one of the greatest exponent of courage and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela and leave you with a thought from the great leader..

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

― Nelson Mandela

I am not a limited eye pacifist and always felt truest courage is when life takes a bite at you and how you respond to same. Jo Berry is truest embodiment of courage and humanity. Please do see this wonderful Ted Talk dear friends.

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Hope you like this most dignified talk. Have a nice day  friends and more power to empathy. Thank you!


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