Reflections on Nelson Mandela – 2

nelson-mandela-46664Nelson Mandela in his long walk to freedom transcended all cultural, gender, racial, political and religious affiliation. That’s why he was able to bring a unity and a oneness the scale of which is incredibly rare in our world. In a sense he belonged to all, yet was owned by none. In him there was no “us” and “them.” In his life and example he demonstrated the kind of humanity our world is desperately calling for.

I would hope that as we celebrate his life and pay tribute to him in these coming days, that this universality of his presence will be uppermost in all we do and say, because herein lies his greatness. His roots cannot be denied and must be celebrated, but his greatness, his impact and person-hood goes well beyond them. Ultimately, he belongs to the world and an unseen universal reality we know very little of.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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29 Responses to Reflections on Nelson Mandela – 2

  1. Beautifully expressed, Don. He transcended all labels, indeed.


  2. Kathy Marsden says:

    So much more than we can say. The outpouring and the recognition from the world says much about the longing of humanity to be more, and better than we are.


  3. Hudson Howl says:

    I think Nelson Mandela would smile an grasp your hand Don. From all accounts he was not afraid to reach out, beyond South Africa to others world wide an ask advise. Equality, that takes into account the need for unity along side diversity is ideal to many countries an many societies.


  4. nrhatch says:

    Well said . . . whenever I see folks harboring stale grievances and hanging on to grief they could have released YEARS ago, I shall think of him. He knew how to live in the HERE and NOW.


  5. ptero9 says:

    A wonderful tribute Don.
    “In a sense he belonged to all, yet was owned by none.”
    A beautiful and insightful way to understand Mandela’s gift.


  6. Beautiful tribute, Don. The “hope” you wrote is also a perfect wish for the Christmas season. Thank you for this touching summary.


  7. Beautifully put. Time and time again in the last few days we have heard people from Clinton to one of our BBC foreign correspondents, John Simpson, saying that Mandela emanated something very special, something that made each of them feel that they must be the best they can be. How I would have loved to have heard him speak. What a lovely man he was and how he will be missed.


  8. Mary says:

    Beautifully written.


    • Lyn Stephenson says:

      There are so many things one can say about Madeba. How he was able to walk the very fine line between extreme right and left on his release from prison to negotiate a miraculous peaceful transition. The fact that he is remembered as a warm, modest, dignified man even by the right wing prison guards on Robben Island. But I think what is most remarkable, is that in spite of the superhuman expectations that were constantly placed on him, he never lost his essential simplicity, and he will be remembered not for being an great political leader, but for being an exceptional human being.


    • Don says:

      Thank you Mary.


  9. Forest So Green says:

    He will be remembered by the world. Annie


  10. ladyfi says:

    A lovely tribute. If only more leaders could follow in his footsteps.


  11. How beautifully written this is Don. Indeed this amazing person, his memory, his wisdom and all that his example will continue to teach us, does ‘belong to the world’. Thank you for sharing your wise, poetic, artistic heart with us here. Blessings, Gina


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