Everyone is the stranger of a stranger... in a strange place, at the margin of Sudan and Ethiopia. At the margin of the margins of Sudan and Ethiopia. And every marginal would like to be the center. To rule, to deal, to kill to rule at the center.
Let's change the pattern. Let's recognise marginality as a rule. Let's make marginality a center. Let's give up with the idea of cultural diversity as "all different but all the same". Let's recognise otherness and alterity to assume better all the differences: "all different but in the same place". Let's talk about failures, let's talk about mixes, 'metissages'. We are all bastards.
Everyone is the bastard of a bastard[?] . Bastardy is our rule, there is no identity but an ID. There is no identity but my neighbour, my enemy, my brother. Let's talk about violence. Let's recognise our enmities, our fraternal antagonisms. Let's make violence history.
Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches