7 Responses

  1. Andrew A Mako
    Andrew A Mako January 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Wonderful to read. Well done, Stephen.

    Best wishes,
    Andy

  2. Avinash Kumar
    Avinash Kumar January 19, 2017 at 1:19 am

    A fantastic review…even a lazy reader like me will have no excuse(s) to read this master piece!

  3. Fiona Yap
    Fiona Yap January 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I can’t think of a better way to honor Rev. King, so close to MLK Day in the States. Thank you, Stephen

  4. Bal Kama
    Bal Kama January 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Stephen for this wonderful piece!

    Good to be reminded through the life of people like Jean, King and Mandela, the higher purpose of our calling – to be a service to humanity and a voice for the voiceless in time of increase human and corporate greed. Moral heroes certainly undertake great sacrifices. PNG has seen its own national heroes recently in the likes of Sam Koim and members of the Fraud Squad who have all fallen at the Master’s axe. Amidst their often lonely journey, one thing is sure – they stood for something greater than their own. Brings to mind an age old question – what should one be remembered for at his/her last breath? That he/she stood for something or wanted to but never did?

    Wherever we stand, hopefully we can try to champion a cause for common good in 2017.

  5. Roy Trivedy
    Roy Trivedy January 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Stephen, Thanks for sharing this. Really interesting and well written. I also know Jean and did some work with him. I agree very much with your description of him. He is a fabulous teacher, an amazing individual and incredibly principled human being. I think the idea of doing ‘small’ good deeds, each and every day is possible for most human beings and can help make an important contribution to building a better world.

  6. Gitte
    Gitte January 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Great article, thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  7. Ashlee Betteridge
    Ashlee Betteridge January 18, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This sounds like a really fascinating read. All the discussions about Universal Basic Income of late have made me wonder if something enabling like that, which takes away the risk of being completely destitute or that could free up some of people’s time from paid labour, might encourage more people make the kinds of altruistic contributions you mention in this review (though not perhaps to such extremes!) and foster communities that are more inclusive. Although we are incredibly wealthy in Australia on the whole, for many it often feels like a real scramble to be doing all the things one is supposed to be doing. Of course being altruistic is a choice and it is about the priorities that people set, but removing some of the ‘risk’ might make it easier for the average non-superhuman to make those kinds of contributions (which ultimately benefit us all)? Just a random thought.

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