The sad news has just broken that the gentle giant of peace and freedom, a bastion of hope and courage and a symbol of the strength of the human soul, Nelson Mandela, has passed away at the age of 95.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, Nelson Mandela had an indelible spirit that couldn’t help but inspire you. A man of such dignity, eloquence and strength, he symbolised for a whole nation and in fact the whole world, how peace can overcome the worst situations. Every challenge he endured, he faced with tremendous grace. He has influenced millions, by his words and his actions. An idealist, a freedom fighter, a man of great power and humanity.
More than anything, Nelson Mandela, showed in the aftermath of the hideous apartheid regime, how forgiveness can bridge the gap between peoples. At a time when black South Africans had at last emerged from the dreadful clutches of white oppression, there was no hint of revenge, despite how justified it would have been. Instead, Mandela, united a divided nation, a divided people and preached peace and reconciliation. He sacrificed 27 years of freedom for the freedom of others.
A monumental loss, I truly believe that Nelson Mandela deserves to be sainted, as a symbol of strength, justice, peace and hope for all peoples – that we can all conquer our irrational fears, phobias and prejudices and unite in peace as one people under the sun.
Mandela for Sainthood.
An icon of unity…