The social activist provides an inspiring example of what we can achieve in life. But what are his secrets?
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
Tutu is a pacifist who preaches forgiveness and reconciliation. His fearless opposition to apartheid, for which he was awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, made him a figurehead of liberation. However he always urged nonviolence. “You must show the world that you abhor fighting,” he said.
DISRUPT THE STATUS QUO
Desmond Tutu changed history and shook the status quo as he became ‘the first’ in a number of powerful positions. He was the first black Anglican dean of Johannesburg in 1975, then the first black head of the Anglican Church in South Africa when he became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. He used these positions to make his voice heard.
BELIEVE IN GOODNESS
The South African activist and Nobel Prize winner has always maintained a steadfast belief in the positive nature of humanity. “We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness,” he said.
KEEP ON FIGHTING
“I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t.” Desmond Tutu has spent his life relentlessly resisting injustice. He quit teaching in the 1950s in protest to the Bantu Education Act, and continually fought apartheid, encouraging foreign disinvestment and civil disobedience. He has continued to campaign for human rights since, speaking out on issues in Zimbabwe, Palestine, Iraq and more.
EQUALITY FOR ALL
Tutu said he would refuse to worship a homophobic god, and would choose hell over a homophobic heaven. “The Jesus I worship is not likely to collaborate with those who vilify and persecute an already oppressed minority,” he told The Huffington Post.
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