Nelson Mandela has died.
“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, April 25, 1998)
“It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” (South Africa, July 14, 2000)
“When people are determined they can overcome anything.” (Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2006)
I don’t think the man was a saint and he certainly wasn’t Mother Theresa or Ghandi but he stood for freedom and equality for everyone and that’s why his passing makes me sad. He stood for that right long before it was the “cool” or “politically correct” thing to do.