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#1024398 - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:04 PM RIP Nelson Mandela
sue943 Offline

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 36711
Loc: Jersey
Channel Islands    
Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95. What an incredible man. RIP.
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#1024405 - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:41 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
Christinap Offline

Registered: Sun Jul 27 2008
Posts: 1700
Loc: Essex UK
Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest human beings we will ever be privileged to see. As a Politician his honesty, his dignity, his moral compass stand as a beacon of light. South Africa has, in a very real way, lost their father.

RIP Nelson Mandela

#1024407 - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:46 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
pyonir Offline

Registered: Sat Apr 25 2009
Posts: 873
Loc: Minnesota USA
A sad day the world over. What a great man and lived through enough for multiple lifetimes.

#1024408 - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:49 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
postcards2go Offline

Registered: Thu Nov 20 2008
Posts: 1000
Loc: New York City USA
His life was certainly full, and productive. R.I.P., Mr. Mandela
~~ postie

#1024411 - Thu Dec 05 2013 05:12 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
dsimpy Offline

Registered: Sun Jan 24 2010
Posts: 475
Loc: Belfast Ireland
He was an unrepentant revolutionary who believed, and practiced, in the right of ordinary people to take up arms against an oppressive government. Like all national liberation struggles, the methods of struggle he endorsed were frequently brutal, albeit against an even more brutal state government. It's been interesting to see his background in armed struggle being 'sanitised' by western governments interested in feting him as a statesman rather than a revolutionary. He was both.

RIP Nelson Mandela. Beidh an bua againn.
Exegi monumentum aere perennius regalique situ pyramidum altius - and that was before breakfast!

#1024416 - Thu Dec 05 2013 06:29 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
BxBarracuda Offline
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Registered: Wed Sep 05 2007
Posts: 5117
Loc: Bronx
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He is an inspiration to current generations and to older generations a symbol that people can change for the better in terms of how to go about achieving human rights.

#1024422 - Thu Dec 05 2013 07:50 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
ren33 Offline

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 12060
Loc: Fanling
  Hong Kong      
His life was and is a wonderful teaching aid. In no way , while teaching about him did I "sanitise" him. His rebellion and his fierce fight were given equal space with his moral values, his peace loving ways and his dignity. The wonderful story of his life gave me great inspiration in teaching.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

#1024529 - Fri Dec 06 2013 12:24 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
JanIQ Offline

Registered: Thu Jul 09 2009
Posts: 647
Loc: Antwerp
We will miss his wise words.
I dreamt of spending a day riding a stallion. It was a nightmare.

#1024536 - Fri Dec 06 2013 02:06 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: JanIQ]
KayceeKool Offline

Registered: Sat Feb 28 2009
Posts: 61
Loc: Hermanus <br> South Africa
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#1024538 - Fri Dec 06 2013 02:25 PM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
Gheelnory Offline

Registered: Wed Aug 07 2013
Posts: 78
Loc: Florida USA
The trait I'm hearing mentioned again and again in the tributes both yesterday and today is "integrity."

If only this quality of Mandela's could be genuinely embraced by all in political life today. What a difference that could make to the daily lives of all.

His example must not be forgotten.

Edited by Gheelnory (Fri Dec 06 2013 02:25 PM)
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#1025851 - Sat Dec 14 2013 12:02 AM Re: RIP Nelson Mandela [Re: sue943]
mountaingoat Offline

Registered: Fri Jun 22 2007
Posts: 390
Loc: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
When he was in prison he taught the other prisoners how to read and write. He then taught some of the guards how to read and write. He could have saved tens of thousands of lives by preventing a civil war. His ability to forgive sets the bar of humanity pretty high but I hope we all try to live up to it if just a little.


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