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A TRIBUTE TO MANDELA

 

May his soul rest in abundant peace. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela –call him Madiba-- has passed but the enormous legacy of this gigantic soul of a man of history is just beginning to be enshrined in the books of the ages. Mandela, a man who sacrificed so much for his people, a man who brought us so much, taught us so much, a man whose heart flows with infinite courage and determination to right the wrongs of a society that betrayed its future to the most inhumane and cruel form of racial injustice.

 

This Man, this one man –who led a movement with other equally courageous South Africans-- took upon himself, the responsibility to begin a lonely and improbable journey of perils, --and against all odds--  that led  to the dismantling of  a million injustices, and a journey that was ultimately crowned by the freedom of his people and a nation. As he embarked in the impossible and lonely journey of the pursuit of liberty, Madiba rejected the premise that the sufferings of others are not his. He obstinately refused to stand on sidelines of history and justice. He understood that humanity is at its best when it is guided by courage and hope --no matter how thin--, and not fears, for fear only paralyzes our innate positive instincts. Madiba proved to his people and to the world that ideas cannot be extinguished within the walls of a small jail cell. He showed us that the audacity of hope has the power to transcend hate and injustice if only we are willing and ready to stand up and fight for what we know is right even at the cost of death.

 

“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.”  --Mandela, 1994--

This was Madiba’s closing statement at his trial in 1994. What a Man ! What a Man ! A man who refuses to be consume by hate and revenge, but instead remains faithful and hopeful to the impossible cause for which he sacrificed so much and dedicated all of his life for.

Madiba has now gone home. His spirit will be well received by the Gods. And the flame of hope he has lit on African continent is now at its peak, and we the people of Africa must seize on this unique opportunity of our times to teach our ourselves and our own people the lessons that Madiba taught us. We must now teach this generation of our people that “the pursuit of happiness” must be fought for and sometimes bled for at the alter of freedom and justice. Injustice and cruelty is not, and never will be a sustainable path to the human spirit. It only seems so –temporarily-- because we accept the status quo through our complicit silence of fear. It only appears so because of our indifference or our cowardice –or a combination of both-- in the face of the wrongs before our very own eyes.

The perpetrator and the victim of injustice share one thing common: they are both trapped in their fears and insecurities, while blinded to the truth that their freedoms are inextricably interlinked. And when the liberating force of creation blows --like a typhoon-- through the chains of bondage that handcuffed the oppressor and the oppressed, the pendulum must swing in the direction of the arc of freedom and justice. But for this to happen, we the people must bend the arc towards justice. The world only changes because we the people demand it.

The book of creation reveals to us that man came from dust and to dust shall he return. As we bury the precious loins of this man into the tender soil of the southern horn of Africa, we plant a seed of victory. And the tree that springs from this sacred seed is the beacon of hope that will shelter the entire continent of Africa. And through its branches, will freedom and justice blossom into all of Africa and restore dignity to us all. Hope is eternal and only the “small man” still refuses to acknowledge the inevitable and timeless truth that the destiny of mankind converges towards universal love and brotherhood. All of Africa must celebrate the legacy of this precious son of the land. The African people and its leaders must reflect and introspect on the meaning of what has just transpired. We must draw inspiration from the lessons Madiba has taught us all.

Goodbye Madiba. Africa’s precious son has finally gone home. The Universe will forever be grateful to you and the road of promise you have paved will guide this generation and generations to come. We thank God for giving us Madiba.

“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.”  --Mandela, 1994--

 

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