Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela

There is of course nothing I can say about this man that hasn't already been said, this man, this great man, came to the end of his long walk today. May he rest so gently in peace.

We all knew the news would come of his passing, one day soon, it couldn't not at his great age and after the illness that kept him hospitalised for six months. It was obvious his recent move home wasn't due to getting better, more going home to die. I still wept though, when I heard the news. Wept for the loss of a man the like of which I don't think the world has seen since Ghandi, the like of which I suspect we will never see again. I wept for his lost years in prison, I wept for his family and I wept for his nation. I knew it meant he was in a better place without pain, but I still wept for his public loss as that loss is so great I have nothing to even begin to compare it to. May we remember Nelson Mandela, may our children know who he was and know what he did in spite of everything he was forced to go through, may we be a little better in our own lives for knowing of his. .

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