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Mandela’s Gift

Posted by MEC on July 19, 2007

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Nelson Mandela celebrated his birthday yesterday by, well, by being Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela celebrated his 89th birthday Wednesday by joining with other Nobel peace laureates, politicians and development experts to form a council of elders dedicated to fostering peace and resolving global crises.

The Council of Elders:

  • Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
  • Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States
  • Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa
  • Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general from Ghana
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace laureate, under house arrest in Myanmar
  • Ela Bhatt, women’s rights campaigner from India
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian prime minister
  • Li Zhaoxing, former envoy to the United Nations from China
  • Graca Machel, campaigner for children’s rights from South Africa
  • Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland
  • Muhammad Yunus, economist from Bangladesh

3 Responses to “Mandela’s Gift”

  1. Charles said

    It’s just amazing that a man could survive long, hard years in prison, survive the breakup of a marriage, and not be bitter, but go on to be a senior political and moral leader at an age when most men have been dead for 10 years.

  2. Stormcrow said

    If you had asked me in, say, 1975, what it would take for South Africa to transition to a democratic political process, I would have told you that it could not happen without blood literally running in the streets.

    Nelson Mandela was the reason I was wrong about that.

    I think that the number of times that one single man has shifted the course of history, in this century, not by accident by deliberate intent, can be easily counted on the fingers of one hand.

    Nelson Mandela was one of that very select small group.

    Because he DID NOT choose to do the convenient thing, but rather, he chose to do the right thing.

    That last makes him one of an even smaller and more select group.

  3. whig said

    Doing the right thing is actually easier in the long run.

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