Submitter’s Note
These are some of the notes (in point form) from thoughts and quotations that I’ve written down and collected over the years, which may be of interest and get you “tinking” about these “airey-fairey matters”. Hope that these thoughts may be helpful and perhaps even inspirational to you .
“He who does not hope to win has already lost.”
- Jose Olmedo
“In the depth of the valleys there is hope. In the deserts of despair, there is the refreshing oasis of the human spirit…always.”
- craig
Esperanzo = hope (in Spanish)

“Either we stayed as we were, trapped inside our fortress of paranoia, deformed by fear and greed, or we opened the door to Africa… and set forth into the unknown.”
The country survives because of the strength and optimism of its people.
From out of the epic injustice of apartheid towards the tortuous tiny first steps of a “negotiated revolution”, ultimately arose an epic reconciliation.

“Man is a great wall builder
The Berlin Wall
The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
But the wall most impregnable
Has a moat
flowing with fright
around his heart
A wall without windows for the spirit to breeze through
without a door for love to walk in.”
- OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet
from ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)

“The most noble aspects of the human spirit – unquenchable in its search for freedom and justice.”
- great writing by Rian Malan in his compelling book ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

Neil and Creina Alcock were pioneers in the country that South Africa would one day become. Their lives, together with a few other “true patriots heralded a new dawn) … for the country, the “dark continent”… and perhaps even for the world.
Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities. Then burning slowly, brightly and bigger, a glimmer, a candle in the blackness of despair, which gave off just enough of a glow (luminescence?) to light a path. And so show the rest of us the way ahead… a path to endless possibilities…from the darkness into the eternal light.”
as adapted (slightly) from Rian Malan’s powerful words in ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ (pg 413)
“Without trust, there is no hope for love and love is all we ever have to hold against the dark.”
- Creina Alcock
Shared by ä champion of hope”

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to
change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage
and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an
ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million
different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can
sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
— Robert F. Kennedy

These thoughts may be freely published

"Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility... and together let's look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher." - craig

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through “planting, then sowing ideas as ‘seeds of hope’”. He believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us.

Craig’s novels on South Africa that he “felt inspired to write” are available at: and
Craig is currently writing his novel, Stirling, a rewarding tale of faith, hope and especially love.
“Fiction, Faction”, or perhaps even a true story (or stories)!

Craig's new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at

Craig's blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at +

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