Nelson Mandela RIP
Nonetheless, this man who had been imprisoned for twenty-seven years reached out to his people's oppressors, forgave his enemies, and assured whites that they could have a place in the new South Africa. When I compare this to my own grudges over far smaller wrongs, I feel ashamed.
Let us also remember that Mandela served as President for a limited term, and then, like George Washington, left office. That is an admirable precedent that offers hope for his country. When I thinks of how many Presidents-for-Life Africa has suffered under, I must say that the people of South Africa, black, white, and of intermediate shades, have been blessed to have a Mandela rather than a Mugabe or a Mobutu.
Rest in peace, old hero, and may others strive to follow your shining example.