Posted by: sue943
RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:04 PM
Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95. What an incredible man. RIP.
Posted by: Christinap
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:41 PM
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
Posted by: pyonir
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:46 PM
A sad day the world over. What a great man and lived through enough for multiple lifetimes.
Posted by: postcards2go
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 04:49 PM
His life was certainly full, and productive. R.I.P., Mr. Mandela
Posted by: dsimpy
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 05:12 PM
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.
Posted by: BxBarracuda
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 06:29 PM
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.
Posted by: ren33
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Thu Dec 05 2013 07:50 PM
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.
Posted by: JanIQ
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Fri Dec 06 2013 12:24 PM
We will miss his wise words.
Posted by: Gheelnory
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Fri Dec 06 2013 02:25 PM
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.
Posted by: mountaingoat
Re: RIP Nelson Mandela - Sat Dec 14 2013 12:02 AM
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.