“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
― Nelson Mandela
South Africa – several sources, other than online, have confirmed that the great Nelson Mandela has passed away last night. The reasons to keep this under wraps was because the family needed time alone and because of several political issues. The primay issue being that US president Barack Obama will visit South Africa this Friday. The visit could be overshadowed by the passing of Mandela and therefore the family and government agreed not to tell the world just yet. Therefore keeping Nelson Mandela’s passing away under wraps because of Obama’s trip. But we continue to wait for official verification.
Mister Mandela however deserves all the attention he is getting and sweet prayers and condolences. He is an icon, a true inspiring leader and one of the last honest, earnest and tough minds that our digital and virtual world must never forget. Lets remember this great man and share the best gold nuggets of wisdom he left for us:
– “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
―An excerpt from Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. For sure Mister Mandela wanted us to remember these wise words and not that his passing away could potentially overshadow the visit of Obama. That’s why he probably would have approved of his family and government keeping this under wraps.
– “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
– “I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”
― An excerpt from Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Let us keep these words ring true in our mind today when we continue with our day and remember Nelson Mandela in our own ways. A tribute that needs to happen, a moment that this great man deserves.
As #Elijah del Rosario tweeted: “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela.” A dark day because sadly Mister Mandela has left us. In addition his family had to keep his passing away under wraps because of the possible visit of Obama. Let that not overshadow the greatness that he was. If he has passed from his earthly bonds, RIP Nelson Mandela.
By Georgina Pijttersen
Managing Editor’s note; The Guardian Express has a reporter living in South Africa. Her name is Laura Oneale. The following is her latest communication with our Publisher:
I think some of the bad publicity received is based on jealousy and from support for the Zuma team. And on a lighter note, after he announced that Mandela is improving, the public comments calling him a lair and baring their frustrations at his deceitful manner were far worse than what the Guardian lv received.
Thanks for the support.”