Lighting up the Room

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Issue 274
September/October 2012
A Shared Agenda


Lighting up the Room

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Richard Branson delights in Desmond Tutu’s core message of love for one another. Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu. HarperOne, 2010, ISBN: 9780061706592

Made for Goodness is a delightful read and truly captures the magic of the wonderful Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Mpho. I’ve had the great joy of sharing time with Archbishop Tutu over the years and I’m always amazed at how consistently joyful he is. He has the ability to light up a room with his smile and wonderful laughter. I’ve seen him many times use this joy to bring peace to a difficult situation.

During the years of apartheid in South Africa he witnessed some of the darkest sides of humanity but, like Nelson Mandela, he was able to understand that we truly are all made for goodness and we need to embrace those who have strayed from this path, rather than condemn them. Love for one another is truly the only route to happiness in this world.

The Archbishop and his lovely daughter capture the essence of the brilliant African word ubuntu in this book, helping to guide all of us to realise that each one of us is interconnected and cannot live in isolation; that we exist only because of each other. This book reminds us of the importance and opportunity of living up to our true state of goodness in all we do to bring an end to suffering in this wonderful global village we all share.

Read it and spread the goodness!

Richard Branson is the author of Screw Business As Usual.

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