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Fly your flag at Half Mast for Nelson Mandela

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While I knew the day was coming, most likely this year, I am still saddened to know of Nelson Mandela’s death, who was one of the world’s greatest leaders.  He embodied much of the potential of human kind, in similar ways as  Martin Luther King Junior and Mahatma Gandhi.  Mandela embodied ubuntu, recognizing that we were all human brothers and sisters, and that retribution is not the solution to problem.  He was not just a South African leader, he was a world leader, being one of the initiators of The Elders, to “help resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts.”

Nelson Mandella was “a great example”, not “a great exception”, as the current president of South Africa said: “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.” And as Nelson Mandela himself said: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

As a human race and a human nation we should all, worldwide, take this day and this week to respect the loss of one of our greatest.  I encourage you to fly your flag at half mast, and encourage others to do the same.  If by the end of this week, every nation in this world has united to demonstrate their respect for the values of this great leader, then that is something powerful.

Updates and Corrections: I should have double checked my spelling…  It is “half mast” not “half mass” as I originally wrote…  Also, President Obama and other leaders have called upon us all to fly our flags in respect of Nelson Mandela.

Written by Jacob Walker

December 6th, 2013 at 4:30 am

Posted in Philosophy