Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #103) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #103)
Transcript: human affairs. For this reason, many people who otherwise would accept the correctness of a materialist approach feel outraged when they realise that belief in dialectical materialism clashes with their religious views.
Those of us who have been brought up in religious homes, educated in missionary schools, prayed regularly and modeled their lives on religious principles are grieved when scientific truth forces them to abandon established beliefs and to allow new forces to channel their beliefs and aspirations in a totally different direction. They feel as St. Peter did when thrice he denied Christ. I do not propose here to debate questions of faith and each person faced with a similar dilemma will decide the matter for himself. It is sufficient to say that the origin of religion is to be sought in man's ignorance of his environment and his inability to control the forces of nature on which his life depends. As scientific knowledge increases and man masters the natural forces, supernatural beliefs will be correspondingly weakened. The origin of religion is also linked up with man's efforts to fight against all kinds of evil, to live in peace with others and to build homes based on mutual love and respect. There are two kinds of evil which have retarded human progress and destroyed human happiness from time immemorial: man's cruelty to man and war. Those who have committed their lives to a removal of these evils, who strive to live honestly and in peace with themselves and with others are true saints even though they build no temples, wear no clerical robes or have not mastered the scriptures. Once I understood the basic principles of dialectical materialism I embraced it without hesitation. Finally, in my first six years as a member of the ANC I also learnt how to work in a broad national movement, how to work with all schools of political thought
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