“I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.”
– Nelson Mandela
Liberation calls us to change our perspective. It calls us to look at our own life from someone else’s eyes. It calls us to examine our actions, our motivations, our history, our culture, our ethnicity, our race, our income, our lifestyle and how we got to our particular place in time and context. It demands a lot of the human mind, and even more of the human heart. It calls to a courage that few of us can see the fullness of, or we would not go there unless compelled by compassion.
Liberation is something we can all relate to, but only if we’re willing to understand the risk of knowing that which we call “the enemy.”