"I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination," he said at the conclusion of his 1964 trial for sabotage and treason.
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
"It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve, but if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
The words make me tingle even as I’m writing them again.
There are about a handful of people in history who really set themselves apart, who make the rest of us realise just what human beings are capable of, who are prepared to be brave, who are ready to make sacrifices no matter what, who seem to be a whole lot more wise than the rest of us, who lead with charisma and confidence and who people are prepared to follow.
Nelson Mandela was one of them. He was a man who delivered sentences like: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
Yes, there were very many heroes of the fight against apartheid and many people made many sacrifices so all South Africans could enjoy freedom.
Yes, Mr Mandela was not a saint by his own admission. Yes, he may have made mistakes. But he was also that very rare human being who could forgive, who had compassion and an astonishing ability to reach out to every creed and colour. #nelsonmandela #rip #leader #change #newworld #lifeleader #motivation #nevergiveup #follow #teamfollow #autofollow #followback