Learning from Malala



Have you ever struggled to “turn the other cheek”, as Jesus put it?

Here’s a good example of how it is done: “I was never angry, not for a moment. Not even an atom, or neutron, or electron amount of anger.”

Unbelievably these words describe the reaction of a Pakistani teenager after a Taliban assassin shot her in the head at close range.

And the basis for her measured response? Her faith.

“Islam teaches humanity, equality, and forgiveness,” said the devout young woman.

This comment comes from a new documentary about a young girl who has become a global icon. The movie is called He Named Me Malala.  

So who is Malala?

She is an International advocate for girl’s education and human rights, who began blogging for the BBC at the tender age of 11.

A miracle, say her British doctors, because of her extraordinary survival at age 15, of that attempt on her life.

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at 17 and the winner of many more accolades.

Malala is an inspiration.  I left a screening of her documentary in awe because of what she has accomplished. Her clear conviction of advocacy for the basic right of girls to have an education has already led to new schools being built in several developing countries. (Tragically, 60 million girls worldwide are not yet attending school.)

But I was also in awe at how she survived that mortal wound without the mental impairment that was at first feared. Could it be because she recognizes there is something more going on than just a material existence?  At one point in the documentary Malala said, “a consciousness exists that exists beyond all boundaries”.

As someone who has experienced such healing over many years through gaining an understanding of God as a boundless, divine Mind, I can really relate to that idea.

Anciently, another survivor of an opposite mentality that sees everything in terms of limitation – boundaries of ignorance, mortality, and hatred – also observed the effect of this greater consciousness or God, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”, Jesus said.

Malala has not only been blessed, but has reached us all through her courage, motivation, and selfless, humble manner. I have been blessed by learning from her persecution and triumph.

Thank-you Malala!

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