Friday, October 3, 2008

"Our Deepest Fear"

A clip from the film "Coach Carter" featuring a speech called "Our Greatest Fear" by Nelson Mandela -- and given here by actor Rick Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's rendition of Mandela's speech marked the 3rd point in the film where I choked up (for real).

The film also stars 
Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Coach Carter.

Learn more about the real Coach Carter here

Ken Carter is an amazing person, who did an important, extra-ordinary thing that all of us are capable of doing -- he gave a shit.

And then he acted on his deepest, moral convictions.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

1 comment:

Joy said...

Mandela spoke it. Marianne Williamson wrote it. Don't forget to give credit to the woman behind the man. ;-)