1. thirdmillenium profile image60
    thirdmilleniumposted 4 years ago

    Mandela had been a marvel of these times. He started as a votary of violence only to be imprisoned for refusing to give up his belief in violence. During the prison years, unlike any other man/woman who would have turned hostile and bitter, he saw the futility of violence as a doctrine and mellowed down to accept non-violence as his principle.

    To have spent 28 years in prison and come out without any sign of malevolence, he went ahead and became the president.

    His greatness lies in his not sporting any retribution in spirit and deeds towards the minority Whites. That the millions of native South Africans, not all of them as forgiving as Mandela, had obeyed his diktat and kept their anger to themselves is even a greater achievement of Mandela.

    A great man has left us.

    1. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Could not have said it better myself. Sadly many people still do not understand Mandela's contribution to the peaceful transition to majority rule in South Africa, and the fact that he saved many thousands of lives.

  2. thirdmillenium profile image60
    thirdmilleniumposted 4 years ago

    And, when you consider the fact that Gandhi's pleadings went waste  and Hindus and Muslims killed each other in their tens of thousands, the enormity of the  Mandela's accomplishment dawns on you

    Hail Mandela