Nelson Mandela died on December 5th, 2013.
He was aged 95.
He lived a long life full of great accomplishments.
He was no different from you or me. Nelson Mandela didn’t fight for black rights. He didn’t fight for South Africa. He didn’t fight against Apartheid.
Nelson Mandela fought to create a world in which we can all appreciate our shared experience.
The world is not a sadder place for him not being physically present in it. It’s a better place for him having lived so well, taught so widely, and loved so genuinely, even those who many would call ‘enemy’.
Nelson Mandela is a lesson in forgiveness – he is a human being, just as you are. Just as I am. He is an example to us all.
July 1918 - December 2013
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