Goodbye Nelson Mandela
The world mourns, it has lost a great man in Nelson Mandela “Madiba” who passed away a few days ago. I want to dedicate this post to him because I feel its the right thing to do. Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish the sense of a profound and enduring loss.
Nelson Mandela has greatly contributed to the much needed change in views of the population of not just South Africa but many other countries around the world as well. Mandela stood for his people and principles, and admittedly his methods were not always pretty. But what he did worked, he made the world take notice and disbanded apartheid and reunited a nation. That took some doing and should be praised for. His presence will not die with him but will continue and be felt by millions for many decades to come, if not centuries. Mandela joins Chris Hani, Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Joe Slovo and others who fought for what was right. It was a long walk to freedom Mr Mandela May you rest in peace now.
I set out today to the statue of Mandela which looks on to Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament to pay my respects along with other dozens of people. The statue was adorned with flowers, messages, candles and a flag. One of my favorite quotes from him which ill never forget is “If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.