Nelson Mandela. Our short tribute

Nelson-Mandela-BirthdayWe could not let today pass without a short tribute to the man that may well come to be known as the savior of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela. Tata. Madiba. Our greatest hope is that the lessons you sought to teach will not be lost on all of us.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

“A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.”Nelson Mandela from a personal notebook, 16 January 2000

“The people are increasingly becoming alive to the necessity of the solidarity of all democratic forces regardless of race, party affiliation, religious belief, and ideological conviction.”Nelson Mandela from an article entitled ‘People are destroyed’, Liberation, October 1955

If you are negotiating you must do so in a spirit of reconciliation, not from the point of view of issuing ultimatums.”Nelson Mandela addressing the media after meting with President FW De Klerk about violence on the East Rand, Union Buildings, Cape Town, South Africa, circa early 1990s

“The time has come to accept in our hearts and minds that with freedom comes responsibility.”Nelson Mandela during the closing address in the debate on the State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 February 1995

“You can see that ‘there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere’ and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.” ~ Nelson Mandela quoting Jawaharlal Nehru, Presidential Address to the ANC Transvaal Congress, Also known as the ‘No Easy Walk to Freedom’ speech, Transvaal , South Africa, 21 September 1953

“I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred; he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as sure as I am not free when my humanity is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” ~ Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

Goodbye, Madiba

Your people thank you for

Having lived

Earth is better for your

Having lived

Men, women and children

Are alive today

Because you lived.

We thank you for coming

to us.

We do not contest your

Right to go away.

Your debts are paid

And this chapter of thy life

Is shut.

Go now, dear Madiba,

Thank you.

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20 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela. Our short tribute

  1. This is heart-touching, brought tears to my eyes. It is so beautifully written and presented, I salute you for being proud and brave.
    You, as Scientologists, are applying Mandela’s very own words, here’s the last quote you present:
    “I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred; he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as sure as I am not free when my humanity is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” ~ Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994
    Maybe, just maybe, we can ask of Mandela to whisper these wise words in the ears of Miscavige and his co-conspirators. That they shall free themselves of hatred and free us all of shackles of brotherly strife. If not for the sake of Mandela, surely for what Ron would expect of us.
    Thank you, my friends in South Africa, for upholding freedom so courageously.

  2. I am not SA but i really loved the man… So sad to see such a ledgend leave us… RIP sir we love you all around the world

  3. I loved the man too…..He is such a great inspiration. I always was able to understand his quotes without needing any context to it.

    May SA prosper and flourish.

  4. The day we have all dreaded has arrived. Madiba you are truly free now – and that freedom was hard-earned. We are in your debt and must now pay it forward. Fly free Madiba.

  5. Nelson Mandela truly was a citizen of the world. So many people loved him, revered him and respected him. One of the greats of this earth. I remember the first time I saw him break into his little dance and it was televised around the world – I loved that! What a breath of fresh air he was in the staid and corrupt world of politics. Truly a good man.

    We will miss you Madiba. Thank you for your enormous contribution to South Africa and the world. You are loved and appreciated.

  6. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. A fitting tribute to a real hero. The quotes are so fitting for those of us currently engaged in exposing the subversive oppression of the CoS.

      • Directed by Clint Eastwood – its a wonderful movie. Morgan Freeman does a very credible portrayal of Mandela.

      • Yes, you must see the film. It is a good representation of those times and how the country is easily united by sport. Mr Mandela was astute enough to understand this and he was looking for a way to bring a broken nation together as a start to the healing.

        It’s quite fast. I saw it three times before I felt I’d absorbed enough. Lot’s of nuances to take in.

  7. I can only echo Dani Lemberger’s beautiful words in my simple homage paid to a great man. Madiba embodied what it was all about in these few words:

    “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

    He is taking his rest to view the vistas he has traversed; I am sure, though, that he will soon decide where his next steps shall take him, and I know that wherever that is, his footprints will be felt.

  8. Beautiful words for an incredible man.
    He leaves behind a legacy of equality for all our children. Let us never forget where we have come from and where we are now.
    His journey was one of incredible sacrifice. RIP

  9. Madiba, no one in history, has lived a life even remotely equal to equal yours. You have given so much of yourself, in a spirit of reconcilliation. We look upon those who have “taken” your place, with seemingly no regard whatsoever, for the wisdom of your legacy.

    It is only in the recognition of the imperative of “self examination,” whether of one’s own volition, or in your case, during the 27 years of incarceration, that one make the necessary evaluations of one’s life in the direction of correction and / or higher purpose/s.

    The incumbent regime/s not just African, but across the global spectrum, needed to be reminded of that, frequently drumming it into their power bloated heads as often as necessary.

    Failing to do so, merely continues the degradation called planetary irresponsibility.

    Rest well, Madiba, you deserve that.

  10. When he achieved a point of power, he did not let ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPT HIM ABSOLUTELY. He chose benevolence, kindness and forgiveness. Fly high with the angels Mandela.

  11. What a man!! The history he wrote, the example he set, ought to be followed and remembered by all leaders the world over. Take a nice, looooong rest, Madiba, but PLEASE, COME BACK!!

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