Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Today – I have to think of Nelson Mandela. He said so many memorable things, he lived his life in a courageous and effective way and he made a difference. Out of all the comments in the media the thing which I remember most is that in being imprisoned at Robben Island a whole university of change was formed at the feet of Mandela. People were sent there to rot, instead they grew and they learned, then they changed.

Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.
 Nelson Mandela

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2 Responses to Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

  1. He was a great man. However a month of articles over here in our leading papers will be NOT what he was about..especially when they completely ignore the anniversary of the D-Day invasion and all those lost lives.

    Mandela had real humility and warmth. He understood forgiveness. I think his motto might have been, don’t look back unless you want to go that way. Dianne

  2. I had a senior moment here. David reminds me that Dec. 7 and Pearl Harbor led him to write a letter of protest to the Washington Post for missing it, not D-Day remembrance and getting hi and me steamed. He’s older than me and remembers the Pearl Harbor event well, and I agree it was important to a whole generation his age. The Brits do a great job of remembering the Nov. 11 date, we don’t remember anything it seems. Alas, our young people are war weary.

    The NY Times lead story is aftermath of Sandy Hook on Long Island. Mandela about 5 articles later. No ‘Pearl Harbor’ mention at all.

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