Farewell, Mr. Mandela

Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, photo credit ABC7

Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, photo credit ABC7

Farewell, great man!  We have always admired your steadfast insistence on never sullying your hands as your oppressors have on you and all the others who were oppressed in South Africa.

I will never forget listening intently in one of your interviews, when you were asked why you made the decision on forgiveness over vengeance upon your release from prison. It seemed so simple.  “If I brought my bitterness with me, then I would still be in prison.” And yet, it takes courage and conviction to overcome hatred and longing for justice.  We will always be in awe.

 

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5 Responses to Farewell, Mr. Mandela

  1. A great man who inspired peace and unity the world over. His legacy will live forever in the hearts and works of millions.

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  2. The Hook says:

    Well said.
    He was a hero for surviving 27 years of imprisonment and an icon for emerging a caring, beautiful soul who did not look back in anger.

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  3. Madhu says:

    Ditto to Gilly’s comment. I doubt there will be another icon of courage, compassion and integrity like him, in our lifetimes.

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  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The world is a better place because of Madiba.

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