Nelson Mandela Day

Today marks Nelson Mandela Day, honoring a great leader who passed away in December of 2013. He would have been 100 years of age today.

Former President Barack Obama spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, giving a speech at the annual Mandela lecture. I selected three excellent portions of his speech to post today, because the importance and necessity of what he said needs to be heard loud and clear.

Communication is a two-way street. When people want to misconstrue what you say, or refuse to listen to you at all, communication becomes impossible.

Don’t assume that I’m silent when you have plugged your ears and don’t want to hear what I have to say. I still speak about important things. I choose to talk with people who have open minds and hearts, not miserable fucks who run everything and everyone down while claiming that they have all of the answers for a “perfect” life.

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