Friday, 6 December 2013
Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela
It's funny but I never really thought Nelson Mandela could die. I'm half expecting him to resurrect on Sunday, or a constellation bearing his resemblance to appear in the sky. Legend is banded around a lot nowadays, but that is what he was.
What is most impressive about his life is that he managed to fight for his belief for so long, despite being mistreated in prison, with so little rights. So many would have given up. I probably would have. And even after all that, not only did he get out of prison and continue to fight, but he became President of South Africa. And after all that, he forgave.
Mandela was willing to give his life for equality, and in doing so it made him infinite.
"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."