Friday, December 6

Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation

Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, passed away yesterday, December 5. He was 95 years old.

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In the words of US President Barack Obama:

I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.

Nelson Mandela was many things. He was an ex-boxer, a lawyer, a prisoner; before he finally became South America’s first black president.

Speaking about the long time he served as a political prisoner, he is quoted as saying:

"People tend to measure themselves by external accomplishments, but jail allows a person to focus on internal ones; such as honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity and an absence of variety. You learn to look into yourself."

Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid. “Apartheid” was a social policy that involved the political, economic, and legal discrimination against people who are not Whites. Because of his principles, Nelson Mandela suffered. He was imprisoned for 27 years and was known only as Prisoner No. 46664 among common criminals.

Nelson Mandela’s 5 square-meter cell. This photo by Paul Mannix is available at <a ref=" ">under a <a href=""> Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0

But when he emerged from prison in 1990, he was a shining vision of positivity and forgiveness. He was smiling and waving to the great crowds who cheered him. Afterwards, he even had lunch with the prosecutor who sent him to jail.

He was seen by many as an icon and the father of South American democracy. Many South Africans called him “Madiba,” which loosely translates to “Father of a Nation.”

If you’d like to know one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite poems, just click the link below. He wrote the poem on a scrap of paper in his prison cell and got inspiration from it through the many years he stayed in jail.

It's a very good and powerful poem from which you yourself can gain motivation: 

Hope You Learned Something!

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