Homage to Nelson Mandela
When I was working in Central London back in the late 80’s I remember seeing the freedom fighters in front of the South African Embassy in Leicester Square. Day and night without fail they were demonstrating and fighting for the liberation of Nelson Mandela. My thought at the time was: “this is going to be a long fight!”. Little did I know that due to their sheer determination, faith, belief and courage, Madiba would be set free 4 years later, in 1990.
Nelson Mandela was a true inspiration, a visionary, a leader and a freedom fighter who only saw the goodness in humanity. In this regard here are his words of wisdom from his autobiography:
‘Long Walk To Freedom’:
“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there was mercy and generosity. 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 the opposite. Even in the grimmest times in prison, when my comrades and I were pushed to our limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but it was enough to reassure me and keep me going. Men’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
Thank-you Madiba for showing us the way and for keeping love intact in your heart.
How has Nelson Mandela inspired you?
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