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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Yeats, Dec 5, 2013.
A titan of our time.
Thank you for posting.
He was getting up there, but it's still a sad day. There was a song called "Free Nelson Mandela" in the '80s. That was the first time I learned what apartheid was (or even where South Africa was). A soldier of conscience.
Sad indeed, at a time where people with his strength of character are needed so much. We are poorer that he is no longer among us.
Let's celebrate the epic life that he led and the fundamental change he was able to bring about...
One can but hope that another, equally strong and principled, will rise to take his place. There are so few of his kind in the world today. A very sad loss.
Amen, Chris and everyone else.
It's our great loss. He is free forever now.
So few of his kind in the world ANY day. A sad day but a happy day to take stock of the amazing impact this one person could have. A life to celebrate.
I watched a summary of his life on the news. His courage was amazing.
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Took this earlier this year near the London Palace of Westminster. A great man.
I was in SA when he was released from Robben Island. The only time I have ever truly seen spontaneous "dancing in the streets".
It's in your hands... by Chris Leskovsek, on Flickr
sorry folks. no politics. I deleted a bunch of posts. If you have something political to say about this political figure passing on to the great beyond, please do it elsewhere.
Food for thought, isn't paying homage to a political figure (especially a controversial one that evokes a wide range of emotional reactions) a political commentary in itself?
Yes, it is.
I'll say, though, that I started this thread merely to inform. My description of Mandela as a "titan of our time" is, I think, an unassailable viewpoint, from both those who revere him and those who hate him.
Also, he was a photogenic dude.
This is almost certainly a hoax, but I found it hilarious and believable:
Reminds me of "chicken of the sea."
A photo essay of Mandela's life in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/dec/05/nelson-mandela-life-in-pictures
An amazing journey that would have embittered a lesser man.