Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign.
It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a lack of education and information.
Repression, injustice and exploitation are inimical with peace.
Peace is gravely threatened by inter-group fear and envy and by the unleashing of unrealistic expectations.
Racial, class and religious intolerance and prejudice are its mortal enemies…The new era which is dawning…will lift us out of the silent grief of our past and into a future in which there will be opportunity and space for joy and beauty – for real and lasting peace. –de Klerk
On Thursday, along with 35 other Georgia State University students, I will get to meet FW de Klerk before he gives a speech to the community at 3PM. de Klerk was the white president of South Africa when apartheid ended, and he was responsible for Mandela’s release from prison in 1990. Along with Mandela, de Klerk received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. The title of his talk is Bridging the Gap: Globalization Without Isolation.
What an opportunity! I have to come up with some really good questions to ask him. What do you think, readers?