December 7, 2013

Nelson Mandela's legacy

The passing of Nelson Mandela is a significant moment in world history. In 2010 I transited through South Africa on the first ever Nelson Mandela day. As soon a the Johannesburg airport staff told people of the day, weary travelers' faces would smile. The airport displayed a larger than life statue of Nelson Mandela made of beads. He was larger than life and his concern for all people will remain as an enduring legacy. Here is one of his comments that I think is very important: 
"As the years progress one increasingly realises the importance of friendship and human solidarity. And if a 90-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live." - Lecture in Kliptown, Soweto, July 12, 2008.
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At Johannesburg airport in 2010