The Death of Fear

I saw an interview with Nelson Mandela conducted by the ubiquitous David Frost. He asked Mandela to speak of his formula for peace in his troubled country, the beloved country of South Africa. Mandela replied that it would not be diplomacy, nor would it be military might, nor even economic power that would be the guarantor of peace in that troubled land. It would be the death of fear, the fear of oneself, the fear of the other, the fear of the unknown, the fear of the everyday circumstances of one's life: white, colored, and black. The death of fear would be the beginning of new life. 

- Peter Gomes, in a 1995 Easter sermon, "The Death of Fear"
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