Remembering Nelson Mandela1:34 PM
When I was 14 years old, I was tasked to write an editorial for our school paper in highschool. This was such an honor for me because I knew I had the chance to write something that would matter. With the push of a friend who believed in my capabilities, I decided to write a piece about leadership, citing different people who exemplified such qualities.
I have never heard of this man prior to my father's mention of his name. When I asked him what about Nelson Mandela, he told me to research about him and figure it all out on my own.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
"Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another."
"If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness."
"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings."
"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."