Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mandela and Foregiveness

Nelson Mandela was an amazing man and accomplished many great things.  When I was younger, I thought South Africa was doomed to be wracked by violence, with the Black population not  unreasonably seeking revenge for the years of apartheid, discrimination and poverty imparted on them by the White Afrikaaners.  But, massive violent rebellion never happened.  As far as I can tell the main reason for the relatively peaceful redistribution of power is because of the tremendous leadership and wisdom of Nelson Mandela.

After being imprisoned for 27 years, Mandela sought peaceful transition and abolition of apartheid. What an amazing human being, with the wisdom and foregivenesx that prevented what could have been violence and destruction. Mandela said that being vengeful was akin to drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.   Wow. There are very few great leaders throughout history.  Nelson Mandela was a great leader. I hope other leaders around the world learn something from this great man.

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