Federer Most Respected and Trusted in World Along with Mandela

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/09/Features/Federer-Mandela-Most-Respected.aspx

Someone posted this news on my blog a while ago already, but I wanted to do my own post paying tribute to Roger. This study is obviously a great tribute to Roger. He is the most respected, admired, and trusted personality in the world second only to Nelson Mandela. As a South African myself this makes me proud, since Mandela is South African and Roger is half South African himself. Roger is obviously a fantastic idol and ambassador for tennis. This study goes to prove all the haters and critics wrong once more. The angle of the haters are so fond of is that Roger is arrogant and a bad loser. They point to things like his crying after losing to Nadal at the Australian Open, the 15 he had on his jacket after winning his 15th major at Wimbledon, or to the fact that he makes ‘arrogant’ statements in the media.

They latch onto whatever criticism they can find, because it is just in the nature of humans to be jealous and despise great people. This study once again proves that these haters are miserable people and that their criticisms carry no weight. To illustrate what I mean I will use Serena Williams as an example. You probably know about Williams’ recent outburst at the US Open. In the final against Sam Stosur she shouted ‘Come on!’ in the middle of the point right after the ball left her racquet. It was after she lost the first set and she was trying to intimidate her opponent to try and get back into the match. But of course it was against the rules and the umpire awarded the point to Stosur which caused Williams to lose her serve. After this Williams kept running her mouth at the umpire, trying to intimidate and unnerve.

This all happening after Williams was defaulted in 2009 after telling a lines person that she would ‘shove a fucking tennis ball down her fucking throat’. Serena Williams provides the perfect contrast to illustrate what a class act Roger is. There has been zero controversy around Roger in his career, while Williams’ name is tainted. Roger is a class act and respects everyone around him. It is unimaginable to think that he would threaten someone with violence. Nor has he ever cheated on his wife like Tiger Woods has. He just has a very clean image which makes him the ideal role model. Why is Nadal not on the list? When I have written about the Fedal rivalry in the past I have pointed to the fact that being a top player is more than just about your results. Winning titles and trophies is just a part of the whole package.

It has always been obvious to me that for Nadal it is all about winning. For him the means justifies the end. Therefor he will use gamesmanship without fail to win. Nadal is a lot more classy than Williams. He will not break the rules to win. But he doesn’t hesitate to use unsportsmanlike conduct to secure victory. This is one of the overlooked reasons why Roger has struggled against Nadal. Roger is too classy to lower himself to the levels of bad sportsmanship. For him it is more important to have integrity as a human being than to win titles and trophies. A true Fedfan does not love Roger for the incredible records he has set as a tennis player, but for who he is. The fake fans are the ones getting off the bandwagon, now that Roger is declining and more human than in his prime. These fans were never true fans to begin with.

The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end because they love him as a person. It is about honesty and integrity. These are values I put a high prize on in my personal life and which Roger embodies as well. If Roger really wanted to beat Nadal he could have started to employ gamesmanship as well, but he remained true to who he was. He did not sell out. In this sense Roger and Nadal are utter opposites, which makes me feel you can’t be a serious fan of both. When it comes to human values they stand for utterly different things. Nadal  stands for worldly values like fame, fortune, and fear, while Roger stand for spiritual values like truth, honesty, and love. Roger plays tennis because he loves it. It is that simple. Whatever else he gains from the sport is just a bonus. There just isn’t a better idol in sport than him.

And it doesn’t seem like there are many better idols in the world either. Of course Mandela is an extraordinary individual and it is hard to compete with what he endured. But as a sports figure Roger is certainly right at the top of the pile. We are very privileged as Fedfans. We take for granted how lucky we are when Roger isn’t winning as much as he used to. It tests our own integrity. Why did we support Roger all this time? Was it really just because he was winning? Winning is nice, but it is ultimately superficial. There are more important things in life than winning. The world is in the state it’s in because everyone wants to win. There aren’t enough of the values which Roger embody around. If good values came first and winning was just a bonus, then we would live in a drastically different world.

I salute you Roger.

Ps. Roger has withdrawn from Shanghai and I am sure it was the right decision.

Roger Federer


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50 Comments

  1. Hello Ruan, so nice to see a post from you even when Roger isn’t playing. Us Roger fans fell inlove with his game but it is his personal integrity on and off the court that made us Federer Fans Forever. It really is quite the honor to be the second most admired person on the planet. For the Fed haters who say he is arrogant i say remember the interviews from the past ten years of other players. Some of them are comical with their arrogance.Also when he cried, check footage of other players and you will see plenty of tears or stomping off the court. Someday Roger will retire but he will continue his Foundation work and we will be proud of him still. If you are not a Fed fan then you dont get it and quite frankly i dont care. Roger Federer is the most gifted tennis player of all and a truly wonderful man, husband, father and humanitarian. We are the luckiest fans of all.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’re welcome Susan. I also enjoy making posts when Roger is not playing. I plan on making a post about Nadal’s future soon.

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  2. Glad you´ve made this post.
    It´s a fabolous honor… more than any win in a tennis match! The best gift he can give his children and his family is the gift of a good name. For sure he has given
    them that.
    So proud of you Roger!

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  3. Truly a testament to Roger, how he carries himself on court and offcourt is highly respectable. I do not understand why other people calls him arrogrant just from reading his interview transcript. Some of caption capture by journalist are taken out of context. I have always enjoyed his interviews with press and comical with his dry sense of humour. There are times journalist comes up with silly/obvious question that he nips it but it does not constitute as arrogrance. He always for fairplay and never stoop himself low just to win. I liked that he has strong belief against injustice. As any human there will be outburst emotions be in tears or laughter, that makes us love him for person he is and his mastery of tennis. Win or lose, I always get excited to watch him play. Seeing him lose makes it painful but later we still see the beauty of his game. Just a thought – I liked watching Oprah and Ellen, wouldn’t it be nice to have them interview him. That would be awesome!

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  4. Listen I am a Roger fan but lets be honest the guy isn’t super-humble, when he does lose sometimes he is a bad loser. Now I am not comparing to Nadal because he has some bad characteristics during a match to do anything to win, but when he loses he isn’t a bad loser. I am a Fed Fan cause of his tennis and how he plays, but after US Open Semi, him calling Novak’s return on match point a lucky shot and criticisng how Novak plays when he was Junior with a risk strategy was pathetic. Didn’t Roger not once say to win a GS you must be aggressive and take risks, so if someone did that against you, applaud that return winner in the post conference instead of bashing the opponent’s possible mental philosophy during his junior days. I did not like Fed giving credit to Novak, but fact is he is sometimes a bad loser, he isn’t perfect and sometimes from reading your blogs Ruan, you think Fed is perfect, no1 is perfect, nuff said.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Oh no i totally agree with you. I never said Roger was perfect. You made the wrong assumption. I also think what happened after the Djokovic match in his presser was being a bad loser. But which tennis player likes to lose? And don’t tell me Nadal is always a good loser. After the French Open loss in 2009 he appeared pretty bitter himself. Most great tennis players just can’t stand losing and it is one of the reasons why they are so good. Roger can be quite arrogant as well, but again it is the same for all tennis players. Nadal appears humble but it is false humility. He does it just to take pressure off himself. Again it is just a way to get that all important win. Roger is quite humble in a lot of ways. I guess it just depends on how you look at it. This is the problem. The haters will latch onto Roger’s arrogance while all tennis player are arrogant, and conveniently overlook his countless good qualities. I never claimed that Roger was enlightened, and therefor he is flawed like all humans. But overall he is a very positive role model, or he would not receive tributes like these.

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    Suhas Bharadwaj Reply:

    Agree with your views and he is kind of bad loser whn he loses games to guys like Joker and Rafa , but incase he loses to guys like Tsonga or Berdych or Del Potro he accepts his defeat gracefully and credits the opponent..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think he is fine losing to Nadal too, because Nadal always shows him respect. He hates losing to Djokovic however because Djokovic is arrogant and very disrespectful.

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    David C. Reply:

    Roger gives credit to his opponent after a loss more often than not. It’s just in some big losses he didn’t really give proper dues to the other player. As for Djokovic, Fed did credit him with great play in AO 11, last year’s USO and AO 08 (he actually played down his illness there, people should go and take a look at the presser on asapsports.com) So yes, sometimes he does appear to be a sore loser, but overall, at least up to this point, I think he is fine.

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    David C. Reply:

    I also want to add that to my knowledge, Fed has never blamed mono outright as the cause of his defeat at AO, 08. He has said many times that Novak played great in that match. You can see it in that post match presser, an interview after FO 08 named “why do they want to shoot me so soon” and also Fed’s quarterfinal presser at this year’s AO.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah it actually wasn’t that bad considering that he dislikes Djokovic. I mean he could have reacted better, but Djokovic can be such a douche that it’s hard to feel sorry for the guy.

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  5. “I did not like Fed giving NOT credit to Novak”

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    Susan Reply:

    There was an element of luck with that shot, just like with occasional shots other players make including Roger.No one is perfect but some are better than others and in the long haul Roger has been the best in the past years.Noles game is spectacular right now but his behavior , to me, is not. Its all a matter of taste.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I didn’t like it either. He should have just accepted that the return from Djokovic was amazing and said it was too good. But instead he was in denial and chose to discredit it. No, Roger Federer is not perfect.

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  6. When I posted this I thought it caught no attention. Ru-an highlights perfectly the differences between Federer and Nadal. Two totally different personalities. ” In this sense Roger and Nadal are utter opposites, which makes me feel you can’t be a serious fan of both”. I’ve always wondered how could anyone love Federer and Nadal at the same time.

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    Susan Reply:

    I have respect for many players but do not love them or their game as i do Roger.

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  7. Excellent post. In a world where everyone seems to be hustling or fronting or otherwise pretending to be something they aren’t for the sake of personal gain, Federer is the rarest sort of human being: a person who is what he appears to be, and I think that is why he’s so respected and loved.

    He is not trying to be someone else, he’s always himself: straightforward, simple, and direct. This is bound to lead to some misunderstandings but in the long run I think people will come to understand.

    He’s a sportsman with a pure heart, which is rare to find in these days where sport is a multi-billion dollar corporate enterprise. He enjoys the privileges of fame and fortune but that’s not what motivates him, nor even so much the records.

    It’s the pure love of the game and the pursuit of excellence that drive him. These are the qualities he embodies so strongly and which make him such an iconic figure.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Excellent comment as well Steve. Thanks for adding that.

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    Susan Reply:

    Well said Steve.

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  8. Of course Roger is not perfect—no one is. But when compared to other tennis players and their antics, he shines like a paragon of virtue. That is why his detractors hate him so much. They just can’t believe that one man can be the greatest champion in history, a kind and honorable husband and father, a calm adherent of fair play and sportsmanship, a role model for philanthropic causes, an inspiration to millions around the world, all wrapped up in a very sane, simple, and understated persona. Such an unlikely human package makes some people seethe with anger, for it’s like a mirror held up to them, exposing all the glaring flaws they do not want to see in themselves. And so, envy and schadenfreude become the last refuge of these scoundrels.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘Such an unlikely human package makes some people seethe with anger, for it’s like a mirror held up to them, exposing all the glaring flaws they do not want to see in themselves’

    Exactly.

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  9. “The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end”.
    I have to say that hearing about Federer’s withdrawal from Shanghai made me feel for the 1st time that his career is really nearing its (bitter-for-his-fans) end. The moment I realized he isn’t going to play I lost interest in the tournament. On top of that, he is probably going to finish the year at #4. It’s all kind of depressing, especially in light of this post which feels like we have started summarizing his career…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t see what is depressing. Skipping Shanghai is expected as this stage of his career. Why go to the east just for one event across time zones? He will have Basel and Paris to get ready for the WTF. So what if he falls to #4? It will make no difference in his GS draws. He is still better than Murray anyway. Everyone knows that. Negativity is not necessary.

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    Susan Reply:

    Dont worry so much TD, there will never be a bitter end for Roger.Lots of top players skipped tournaments this year due to injuries or need of rest.

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  10. Had a dream the other night, that I just had to share, cause it’s too funny. In my dream, my wife had this great date all set up, and we were on a horse and carriage going out to a fancy dinner and rode by some tennis courts and guess who I saw? Saw Roger, and I said, “Hey Roger”, and he yells back, “Hey Gary, wanna play some tennis?” I said sure, to my wifes dismay. I told her, “come on, it’s Roger Federer!!” So we played some tennis, and of course, he kicked my butt. G

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    Manu Reply:

    Proves that Roger ain’t human- he can even penetrate into others mind- yikes!

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    Veronica Lee Reply:

    You’re so funny, Gary, really liked your dream! So you’re married with a wife and all that. By your enthusiastic and cheerful posts and fanatical support for Fed, I thought you were a teenager! Keep up the enthusiasm and positivism. Ru-an, enjoyed your posts. It’s rather dull now as we Fed fans are having an off season as our “old” man needs some rest! Thanks so much for keeping us occupied and happy with off season posts, Ru-an! I became a fan rather late, 2008/9; when old man Fed started his downhill. I don’t know much about God Fed of 2003-2007. You asked us to suggest any topic for you to write about, maybe, if the rest are agreeable, write something about Fed’s glory days; 2003-2007 – what were the outstanding matches, some of his interviews, things like that. Bring us down to memory lane a bit. I need a bit of cheerfulness and fantasy in my life before I brace myself for some harsh reality come Fed’s next tournament in Basel! If there is one regret I have in my life, it is being such a late fan. Why didn’t somebody just grab me by my throat and force Fed on me in 2003-2007?!! I would have gladly suffered the strangling to witness such Godly tennis! I really envy and feel I missed SO much of Fed’s glory days. It must have been so exhilarating and ecstatic living in those glory Fed days when everything Fed touches turn to gold and winning is a given. Btw, hope you have completely recovered physically and emotionally from the horrible beat up you had, Ru-an.

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    Manu Reply:

    I, too was a late fan- the first tournament in which i began to seriously root for Roger was the 2009 AO. I had an instant dislike for Nadal and I was heart-broken when Federer lost. I, too never got to saw divine Federer. However, I think 2009 was one of his greatest years.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wow that’s a tough time to start following Roger. The 2009 AO was by far the lowest point for me as a fan, and I followed him from the start. I started this blog at the end of 2008, so it got a rough start as well, but at least the rest of 2009 was pretty awesome. I wouldn’t say one of the greatest years in terms of his level but winning the career slam and breaking the slam record were the biggest achievements of his career.

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    Manu Reply:

    It was indeed a low point. I was very sad after the final and I actually stopped following Roger until the French Open. The Madrid win against Nadal was relatively unknown to me until maybe after the French when I read your blog. I even didn’t follow the French that properly- until Nadal lost to Soderling. After then, it has been all Roger for me.

    As for 2009, it may not be the typical great year all the original Roger fans may be accustomed to- Roger did not sweep the year. But he certainly came back in grand style, with the Madrid-French-Wimbledon wins and then continued until the US Open. 2009 is the main reason every critic must think twice before writing Roger off.

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  11. Veronica, yes, I’ve been told I still act like a teenager at times. Just my passion for the sport I guess. I won’t tell you how old I am, but I can only wish I was that young again. G

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  12. My case is different. I played a lot of tennis at a modest amateurlevel when I was still a teenager and an early twentier. And during those years, I watched with passion – together with my friends and brothers – almost all the WImbledonmatches of Björn Borg and Jimmy Connors, Gerulaitis and others…. I was a Björn Borg fan at that moment, not so much for his playing style but for his demeanor on court. Once I passed the age of 25 years, the course of my life changed and I quit playing and lost also interest in the game. Only about a year and a half ago I got again fascinated in the game by getting to know this blog and reading the articles and comments. I adore the blog and I’m checking almost every day if anything new has been posted. I became a Federerfan by reading the comments here.
    I thank Ruan in particularly for all the efforts and work he is putting into it and everyone that contributes to this blog.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Wilfried, that’s very nice of you to say. That’s one of the nicest comments I’ve ever gotten. I followed tennis from a very young age, and remember watching Becker winning his first Wimbledon. I also started playing at an early age. In the early days I enjoyed watching guys like Edberg, Becker, and Lendl. I was a big fan of Sampras at the beginning, but after a while got bored of his dominance. I then started cheering for the underdog Agassi. I was an even bigger fan of him than I was of Sampras. I followed him until the end, and I remember at the WTF of 2003 he ran into Roger in his first RR match and lost 7-6 in the third. He still made the final where he got properly schooled by Roger.

    I think this is where I first started becoming a fan of Roger. Before 2003 I wasn’t really that into Roger. I knew from the start he was a great talent, but he wasn’t really doing anything big. It looked like he would be another waste of talent. But that 2003 WTF win against Agassi was where I really ‘noticed’ him for the first time. I was still a fan of Agassi until 2006 when he retired, but I was a fan of Roger at the same time. And then I started this blog at the end of 2008 when I was done with playing tennis. So I would say I became a more and more serious tennis fan all the time, until I started following Roger and it became almost like a religion. I love watching his matches and analyzing it afterwards. I like analyzing stuff, especially tennis since it comes so easily for me.

    I hope to keep this blog going for a long time still and I will soon make some more posts. Stay tuned.

    Ps. When I get comments like these it motivates me to write more.

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    veronica Reply:

    Thanks Wilfried and Ru-an on sharing your story on how/when you became a Fed fan. I love your stories. I would love to hear from the others as well, (calling Steve, Neil, Gary, Andrew, Ines, etc etc etc)their stories on becoming a Fedfanatic. Drop a line. I will be really looking forward and waiting in great anticipation to hear everyone’s own unique story! Hey! this could be a separate post by itself! – “How ______ (fill in name) became a Fed fanatic”!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s a very good idea. Post coming up :-) Thanks Veronica!

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  13. Some of my tennis buddies told me to come on this site. Some loved, it some hated. some of them r fed, nole, rafa and roddick fans so I decided, to check it out. I’ve read through quite a few of your post even a year or two back, sometimes I have to say you have some interesting stuff to say, other times not so much. But the one underlining thing i see in alot of your post is your hatred for nadal. It’s a bit like an OCD. The subject is rafa and you feel threatened by him and you want to convince yourself everything he does is bad, wrong not right. Hey i understand you don’t like him, some of my friends don’t like him either. But your hate for him seems to run so deep for him that you step out of reality. But the truth is his existence seems to hurt you and all the times he’s won or beaten Roger, it seems as if your worried he’s a better player than Roger or you believe he’ll tarnish rog legacy or something? You see rog and rafa are both legends, both r greats of the game, rog nor rafa r better than one another but they r as good as bjorn, Pete and rod. The need to call nadal a drug cheat, fake humility, he grunts to put off his opponent, cheat etc…. Is just sad. Focus on Roger, he’s a great player on and off the court, yes he can be a sore loser, arrogant but so be it. Nadal is just as great on and a little better off the court and you know what he isn’t arrogant and he is humble and lives at home with his parents and sister not seeking fame, he’s not the devil ruan, he’s a human being and after talking to some ATP officials at Wimbledon he’s as nice and generous as they come. Leave the man alone Ruan, he’s as great as they come, fight the obsession , focus on Roger.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t hate Nadal. I hate the tennis player. Off court he is a very nice guy and have no problem with him.

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    Manu Reply:

    True- Nadal the tennis player is an animal. But I think it the on-court behaviour that usually determines the behaviour. Since we don’t know them personally, I think on-court behaviour helps us more than interviews. I mean, everyone usually says the same thing in interviews- designed to please the reporters, fans and the media-irrespective of whether it is their real thought. On-court, however, during a pressure point, whether you play it safe or play for winning, or use gamesmanship or not, is actually sort of the true character the player has.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    True, the real person comes out under pressure.

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  14. Yes, Ru-an’s “hatred” of Nadal is apparent but as he explained, it’s his on-court behaviour more than anything else. Also, a true fan would always be very partisan of his/her favourite and can sometimes view other players very unfavourably. But this is a blog and Ru-an calls it “Ru-an’s FEDERER blog”, so you gotta expect things like this. Yet, Ru-an doesn’t exactly put Fed on a pedestal (he is one of Fed’s harshest critics) nor bash up other players like some other blogs do. I’m quite sure if you go to Rafa blogs, you would find similar “hatred” for Fed. You should read some of the articles Vee Jay on Bleacher report writes on Fed – complete bias hatred with very few facts. Although Ru-an is biased, he is actually quite factual and he is honest, with a touch of naivety/childlikeness which I find refreshing/appealing especially in today’s world where there is so much manufactured sophistication and too much overdone. Ru-an sometimes wears his heart on his sleeves, (which I admire) but he doesn’t do it for attention’s or sensation’s sakes. I read other Fed blogs too but this blog is my favourite as Ru-an has captured a very good balance between serious and fun, objective and bias, analytical and informative. Not forgetting the unique characters of regular contributors like Neil, Nelson, Steve, Ines, Manu, Susan, Gary, Andrew (Hey man! where are you? Long time no hear from you, etc, etc which makes this a very very looked forward to and treasured blog for all of us Fed fans. I rarely comment actually, too busy. But it is nice you come here and read although you maybe not a total Fed fan. It is always nice to have other fans coming in and have a wide readership.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Andrew joined our Fedfamily on twitter. He no longer comments here.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Just read this properly Veronica. It seems you know me pretty well ;-) Thanks for the nice comment!

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    Veronica Lee Reply:

    Lol! You’re welcome Ru-an! From reading your blogs, I get to know a little bit of who you are. I’m quite good in reading a person’s character (face to face) and haven’t been wrong 99 percent of the time. It’s an in-born thing and became more pronounced as I opened my heart to God. I can pick up messages in a person’s spirit which are not communicated and which they themselves are not even aware of sometimes. I used to try to ignore these pick ups I have and push them away but they have proven to be very accurate everytime so I learn to pay more attention to it. It is very humbling and helps me to understand and accept people more and at the same time, teaches me a lot about myself.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I think you did a very good job of summing up my writing style, and of course the person I am comes through in my writing. That is a very interesting ability that you have to know other people. There is an enlightened guy who can enter other people’s focal point of awareness and he just calls it love. It is almost like becoming one with another person, because enlightened people do not identify with a their body. They identify with the entire universe as their body, in which case other people’s bodies are just as much their body as their own body is. It seems you have this skill as well, and that you are quite spiritually evolved. When you are able to enter other people’s focal point of awareness like you do then you realize that all are equal and one. Agree or not?

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    veronica Reply:

    Hm… Ru-an, this warrants and deserves a more detailed and thoughtful discussion but more or less I agree with you although not exactly as how you understand it. To put it simplistically, I’m just able to pick up the “real” intentions of people I relate to although they may communicate differently from their intentions. Once I know this, there is a tendency to judge or withdraw from them if I sense that the intentions are not good. But then the awareness comes in that we are all human and we are not perfect (although we must be on a journey of perfection; otherwise we don’t “grow” well) and because of that, I accept the other person as he/she is. When they sense sincere acceptance from me, they let down their defences and a good relationship has a chance to develop. Doing that, I also learn to accept my own faults and at the end of the day, as you say, we are all created equal – equally capable of good and evil. Having said all that, it doesn’t mean when I accept people, I agree with their values or their behaviour. I have strong values of good and bad and I don’t compromise. But accepting others means they are loved just as they are. When people are assurred that they are loved and accepted just as they are, it frees them to want to change and be a better person themselves. I can’t force people to change but I lovingly help them realise that they need to change;eventhough they may have hurt me terribly. I’m not saying it is the answer to the world’s problems but it has worked in my life and it comes with suffering. But suffering is never negative, never in vain. It builds character, deeper unconditional love for God, for myself, for others; it brings enlightenment, joy, revelations, etc etc. I wouldn’t trade any of my sufferings for anything easier. I learnt the most, gained the most, grew the most, in my sufferings. Thank God for them, I am who I am today. Again, having said all that, I am no better than the next person. I am just more aware.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree completely about suffering. I have suffered immensely in my life and has brought depth to me. Pain wakes up and pleasure puts to sleep. Everyone I know who has a certain about of depth to them has invariably suffered a lot in their lives. There is no substitute.

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    veronica Reply:

    LOL “pleasure puts to sleep”! I like that! and “pain wakes up” – so very true. Who quoted this?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – the Real Deal.

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  15. …..The true fans will stick with Roger until the bitter end because they love him as a person. It is about honesty and integrity…..

    so true, being his fans i learn a lot about Gratitude and Respect.

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  16. Extremely nice post Ruan.. :-) I am ardent fan of Roger.. and I keep on reading your each blog so many times, Roger is definetley BEST as a player..no doubt.. but he is BESTEST :-) human being.. and I really salute him for the example that he has set ..truely unmatched ever ..ever

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