Photographer Trevor Cole is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this travel photography. These images are from his project ‘Ethiopia – Tribal Lands‘. To see Trevor’s galleries click on any image. The Hamar, Kara, Mursi and Suri all use body paint derived from clays, which are found in the tropical soils. They […]
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” -Haile Selassie I
When Glorious Words are Spoken… There is Hope.
The story’s that give me hope and passion for life lies deeply in the struggles, story’s and words of others. I find that when I read or listen to an inspiring message I am lifted above the turbulence of planet earth. I can also find inspiration for hope in stories depicted in art forms such as paintings and music. I also see hope when I feel the presence of a higher spirit, the spirit within or the most high god or allah or jah, many have a different name for this believe, in which i see no danger in the difference in discussing spirituality in ones life. Let me guide you into a journey of words intended to inspire hope, passion and wisdom.
I quote Qadamawi Haile Selassie. “We must become something we have never been… and for which our education has ill prepared us. We must become bigger been: more courageous in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the community.” For the record Rastafarianism has played a large role in my hope for the future because of such wise words as this… I also quote His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I… “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” This quote hits home with me because it recognizes injustice and the possibility of change. Although we aren’t all word leaders we have the power to take action in our world in a positive way. I am highly against any derogatory statements of racism and once again quote His Imperial Majesty King Selassie… “I must say that black and white, as forms of speech, and as a means of judging mankind, should be eliminated from human society, human beings are precisely the same, whatever colour, race, creed or nationality they may be.”
It does not take a deep speech always to inspire hope that we all need in our lives, there are even singular words that I believe can inspire hope. Here are a few of my favourites… Unity, Peace, Love, Relaxation, Inspiration, Justice, Knowledge, Prosperity, Discovery, Positivity, Blessed, Truth, Respect, Trust, Honesty and Power. It can give great encouragement to have these meaningful singular words in our day to day life to distract us or eliminate the opposites to these positive words or values. I have noticed that positive words in my mind reflect my outlook on my every day. Even if i were just to say… “I’m Blessed” activates my brain to reflect on all that I have achieved and look forward to in life… I let these thoughts and words sink in and build upon what foundation I have already begun.
I would like to speak about strengths. Strengths are personal qualities and skills that we all have within us. It is a great feeling to rejoice in our strengths and in others strengths. Be proud of your strengths and recognize the strengths of the others that surround you. Perhaps individuals need motivation to realize and persue they’re strengths. I quote Huey P Newton of the Black Panthers…. “I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.” This to me summarizes how to bring out the good in one another, motivate with love and by all means do not criticize with hate.