Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #102) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #102)
Transcript: But South Africa and the African continent are part of a larger world and the people of my country and those of Africa are part of the human race.
Their problems must be seen from the point of view of their uniqueness as individual peoples and from the point of view of the history of mankind as a whole. By studying the history of the entire human race we can anticipate the course of the future development of our people and help to speed up the process by concentrating our resources on the achievement of what human history demonstrates as inevitable.
In this regard dialectical materialism is a mighty weapon which puts me in a strong position to realise all my aspirations as a nationalist and as a member of the human race. Freedom fighters may choose to court disaster and fight today's revolutions with bows and arrows, shields and spears, or they may be wise and use rifles and ballistic missiles. To a nationalist fighting against national oppression dialectical materialism is like a rifle, bomb or missile in the field of battle enabling the army to defend its position and to strike. It is a powerful searchlight on a dark night which enables the traveller to see all round, to detect danger spots and the way forward. Finally, dialectical materialism excludes belief in the existence of a super natural world and rests on the principle that all causes are capable of scientific explanation. It demands that our actions should be based on facts that can be verified through observation, research or experiment. It rejects anything beyond the realm of experience and in particular the existence of a supreme being directing the course of
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