No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ~ Nelson Mandela
The world lost an incredible man yesterday. For the next few days, the world will reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela. Retrospectives on his time in prison, his contribution to the South African nation, his legacy as the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. We’ll get first-person reports from those who had the opportunity to meet him and be in conversation with him.
As someone who is curious about history, politics and has a genuine desire to understand the complexity of the world we live in, I look forward to the coverage that will certainly take over the airways for the next week or so. Nelson Mandela will be remembered as someone who stood at the crossroads of history. He was both a revolutionary leader and a great statesman. More importantly, Mandela was a symbol of reconciliation.
We have much to learn from him. I have much to learn from him.
As we mourn the lost of a great leader, I hope we can remember the legacy he left behind and remember the wisdom found in the words he spoke:
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Be well and make it a great day.