Editor’s Comment In this issue we pay homage to, in my opinion, two of history’s most inspiring men folk – Gandhi and Mandela. Both of them lead by example, refusing to turn away from their political and spiritual beliefs. Gandhi was steadfast in his comitment to peaceful, non-violent action. Mandela was exemplary in his forgiveness of the architect of apartheid, Hendrik Verwoerd. Mandela has recieved over 100 awards for his life’s work, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Gandhi is honoured as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in India and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom world-wide. It is worth remembering, that by holding fast to their conviction that something inherently wrong required putting right, officials were eventually forced to pay attention. Simply due to the groundswell of love and support for these men, positive change unfurled.
Walking the path of faith in our dreams, and trusting our intuition, no matter what, will always yield powerful results.
These results may not appear immediately, but the rewards, for us and for our people will continue to ripple out for a very long time. To all of you who are pursuing a dream, may it fuel you onwards with its potential. Kia kaha! Charlotte Squire
Good News Roundup
Happyzine’s esteemed New Dad Theron Burgess is currently embarking on his first holiday with his family. He sends his love, promises he’ll tell you all about it when he comes home. For those of you who haven’t read his blogs yet, you can check out his insightful and rather entertaining impressions of becoming a father here (Happyzine.co.nz). From the art of fatherhood to science – thanks to the Science Media Centre – Sciblogs is up and running. This forum is a community of scientist bloggers sharing their opinions about everything from climate change to religion.
The discovery of this shark will have initially stunned and delighted scientists – Megalodon the giant shark that weighed seventy five tonnes, required over 1000 kgs of food per day, and would have made a light snack of a great white shark, is the largest shark that scientists know of and died millions of years ago. Using fossils of teeth, Megalodon’s form has been recreated, much to the delight of visitors to Auckland’s Kelly Tarlton (NZ Herald.co.nz).
This man was powerful too, in a profound and peaceful way. His legacy lives on, inspiring millions world-wide for his unwavering comittment to peace. The 2nd of October was the anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birth. He was born in 1869 (Wikipedia.com).
Onto another inspiring person, the world’s oldest pupil recently passed away at the tender age of ninety. He made the Guiness Book of Records at age 83 when he enrolled in primary school (africanews.com).
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Barach Obama presided over the historic occasion (thepositiveobserver.com).
In this piece Bob Hunt of the Positive Observer discusses the benefits of coaching kids to achieve goals using the power of positivity (thepositiveobserver.com).
Here’s yet another of the world’s most inspiring men – Nelson Mandela has produced a kids version of his internationally acclaimed novel ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. Mandela said that he hopes that all South Africans are able to experience the joy of reading (csmonitor.com). Onto the important subject of love – fancy a good romance novel? Perhaps you’d enjoy an Amish read. Amish love stories have made positive ripples within American religous communities. Many are enjoying these innocent reads, in which kissing is a rare event and sex is unheard of (NZ Herald.co.nz).
Onto positive environmental stories, thanks
to international protection since 1966, the Humpback Whale could possibly be about to come off the endangered species list (NZ Herald.co.nz).
Finally, thanks to Fauna and Flora International, the establishment of reserves in Vietnam and China has inspired renewed hope for the future of two of the world’s most endangered primates – the Tonkin snub-nosed Monkey and the cao vit Gibbon (optimistworld.com).
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