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Two friends of mine met him numerous times through their work in Africa. I was always envious of them.
He was a phenomenal man who changed the world. RIP.
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
To imagine what Nelson Mandela endured on that rock for over two decades, sleeping on the cold cement floor of a prison cell that was no wide enough to accommodate a prone grown man, was sobering indeed.
He had every right to emerge from captivity an angry and vengeful man, yet he proved himself to be one of the most forgiving leaders of this or any generation.
His calming and reassuring presence, even in retirement, will be greatly missed by all South Africans. We should say a prayer tonight for that country, as it navigates its way through the post-Mandela era.
Aloha, Madiba, me ke aloha pumehana.
This is getting a little confusing..
but history is an impartial judge!
The transition was not without bumps and bruises, but there were no great bloodletting, no retribution, no organized revenge on the former oppressors.
One of the great ones, indeed.
27 years in a dungeon, and not a spec of hate in his heart. It truly is a wonder, and a testament to the very best the human spirit is capable of.