Farewell, Mr. Mandela. May You Rest in Peace

One of the truly great men of the modern world is dead. A few hours ago, South African President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Nelson Mandela. I am surprised by how strongly I reacted to the news. I watched Zuma’s live statement and I felt incredibly sad. Although the intensity of my emotions took me by surprise, I understand why I feel so bereft. Mandela embodied every character trait that humans should strive for: love, resilience, compassion, integrity, dignity. His unrelenting determination to speak up against violence, injustice, oppression, and tyranny fascinated and inspired me. His voice always lent support to the poor, the displaced, the oppressed, those without rights, and despite the many problems of our world, he never lost sight of the fact that our greatest strength is the ability to love. Although very sad, I am grateful for having had the opportunity to live in the same time as Madiba. May we all join together to carry out his vision.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

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