….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
RIP Nelson Mandela. …a life well-lived….RESPECT. ♥♥♥
Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voters’ role in a united democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.
In conclusion I wish to quote my own words during my trial in 1964. They are true today as they were then:
‘I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Growing up in Australia there was very little context of the world that Nelson Mandela endured for 21 years under a dictatorship. My only memory of having any understanding of the pervasive inequity of the world of Apartheid was a “moment” when I was sitting with my dear friend Nicole (who immigrated from South Africa, who went on to run for Miss Australia through her charitable work). We were waiting for a train in Melbourne, when side by side we sat on the platform waiting for a train and Nicole asked me a curious question,” Cecilia, are we allowed to sit on that train carriage together?”
I said,”Allowed? Well, if it is not too full…I’m sure we will get a seat!”
She said,”No, that’s not what I meant, sorry.”
I just looked at her strangely. It was a few years into our friendship that she explained,”In South Africa, when I was really young, I saw my best friend shot in the head in front of me. It was only later that I understood, we were Honorary Whites under Apartheid, even though I look Indian and had a Jewish grandmother. It didn’t matter what we looked like. It mattered how we were classified in the system.”
So according to Apartheid South Africa, Nicole and I may not be able to sit next to one another on a train without breaking a law, unless we checked that both of us, Chinese and Indian were both “honorary whites”.
Ironically she explained this to me while we were on our way, in the car to go to see a talk by the Dalai Lama in real life. I really cannot imagine a world where I would have to be “honorary white” in order to just sit on a train with my friend.
The despicable nature of Apartheid and the imposition of Racist inequitable laws were the personification of Evil. Nelson Mandala’s life and his refusal to abide by such an inequitable system will always be a beacon of light, in a world full of haters and people using “isms” to incite hatred.
Death is inevitable. ..but what a life!!!! If I could be 1/100th the symbol for freedom that he was…I would be so proud. Thank you ♥♥♥Nelson Mandela ♥ ♥ ♥ for the symbol that you are to the world against racism and unjust laws created by dictators. ♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥ I celebrate the lifecof Nelson Mandela ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Freedom is Priceless! ♥♥♥♥
“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” ~ Nelson Mandela 1996 Hamba Kahle Tata
There will always be cretinous haters who use Mandela’s death to incite hate….the best is to refrain from participating in their stupidity and remember that it is far better to live as Mandela did and have the world love you and mourn your death…than to be Hitler, Stalin or Mao where everyone were grateful that your death meant that your dictatorship was over !