Luckily, it – for ‘now’ – remains in Marianne Williamson’s 1992 book ‘Return to Love’ and as a matter of fact is nowhere to be found in Mandela’s ‘inaugural speeches’ of this corrupted stream where he survived prison and went onto become President of South Africa. Despite President Bush pronouncing him ‘dead’ in 2007 even in this stream, now he did not die until Dec 2013 at the ripe old age of 95 (speaking of which, evangelist Billy Graham turns 98 this year!).
Nevertheless, Hollywood does appear to be programming the new world into attributing Williamson’s quote to Mandela:
- The African-American themed film Akeelah and the Bee (USA, 2006) featured the following quote in a picture frame on the wall: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” At the bottom of the sheet, it listed Nelson Mandela as being the author of the quotation.
- The African-American themed film Coach Charter (USA, 2005) includes a secularized variation of this quote: “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.”
- The bestseller “Badulina” (Israel, 2015) by the author Gabi Nitzan opens with this quote, also attributing it to Nelson Mandela.