Amazing Battling Spirit

Here is an extraordinary talk from last year’s TedXTeens Conference in the US. One of the things i found so moving and powerful was this young man’s acceptance of all the bad things that had happened in his life, without bitterness or rancour and without letting them become excuses for bad choices he might make.

Mteto Maphoyi’s story is, in some ways, more amazing than anything someone might be tempted to write as fiction. The solitary possession left behind by the deserting father – a Pavarotti CD leads a young boy from a squalid and violent South African township to listen to it so many times, mimic it, train his friends to do likewise leading to the most unlikely musical renditions in such challenging circumstances.

To me, he is one of the most profound examples of the words of Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning; “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Enjoy the video:


3 Responses

  1. Its amazing how such a young man who has experienced so much still carries a beautiful and touching quality of sensitivity in his voice….. we have a lot to learn from a beautiful person as Meteto….Thanks for sharing

    • Annie, nice to hear from you after some time. Indeed, this guy gets us thinking.

      If you like that video I think you would find some of the other TedXTeen videos also inspiring. If nothing else they remind us of the massive potential that lies in today’s children and young people (if we let it emerge and shine!).

  2. Very powerful. Very inspiring! Thanks, Mark for sharing.

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