A World of Mandelas

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

– Nelson Mandela

I remembered this quote when I was reading articles about the death of Nelson Mandela. All commented on how, even after his long years of imprisonment on Robbins Island, he was able to emerge as a compassionate, forgiving man who refused to be corroded by anger or revenge.

The qualities that Mandela embodied seemed to be:

  • decent
  • dignified
  • compassionate
  • loving
  • respectful of fellow human beings
  • inspirational
  • capacity for forgiveness
  • kind
  • tolerant
  • humorous

I wonder whether we mourn Mandela’s death not simply because we have lost a great man and leader, but also because the qualities he embodies are so sadly lacking in world leaders today.

Perhaps if we refuse to listen to words of fear, hate, intolerance, bigotry and violence, if we embrace Mandela’s words, we can build a community where Mandela’s legacy lives on as more and more of humanity embraces the principles which made this man such a giant. Imagine a world of giants like this man where people live as one.  It’s a dream but it’s one which, with dedication and hard work, can come true.

In this respect, I dedicate this digital art – an image of a pink rose superimposed over a canvas of colours and stars – to the memory of Nelson Mandela and to the dream of a world of Mandelas in the future.


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