Monday, July 01, 2013

Drumming fingers?

It is surely only a matter of time now before Nelson Mandela dies, a mere seven years after he was removed from a list of terrorists in the US. It is sad that so much of his life was robbed, he being cooped up in prison while some of world fought for equality for blacks and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

There is an interesting little read here about a concert, the author claiming he was part of the process of turning Mandela from a terrorist to a saint and ultimately Mandela being freed. I should remember the 1988 concert, but I cannot.

Will his vision for South Africa ever be fulfilled? Nope. Is South Africa a better place for Mandela having lived? Very much so, and even white South Africans owe him a debt of gratitude for the fact that the country did not explode at the end of apartheid. Revenge must have been a very strong thought in the minds of many black South Africans when they became as good as their masters.

It is a curious world where a terrorist has become a hero, such as Mandela, and a friend to the western world, Saddam Hussein, became a terrorist. I am pleased Snowden has exposed some of the west's duplicity of  supping with devils, usually for financial gain or to protect 'the correct way to live on Earth'.

Saints perform miracles, so we are told. Mandela is not a saint but a hero perhaps. He came to be more than what he ever did. He represents something quite intangible that people hunger for. It might just be as simple as basic decency when dealing with your fellow human beings.

I apologise if it seems awful talking about someone's death before they die but I think Mandela now needs peace.

Later Edit: James from Sydney posted about the Apartheid Museum and the piece is well worth  a read, not just for museum details. You can find it here.

14 comments:

  1. In many ways Mandela could not have achieved his standing and impact without those lost years and the reasons why they were lost having occurred.

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    1. Possibly true Victor. He may have been just another politician.

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  2. The world will be a sadder place when he is gone. I can only hope there is someone willing and able to fill his shoes and carry on the good work.

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    1. Sadly River, that has not seemed to have been the case.

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  3. Nelson Mandela was in gaol from 1962-1990, and in hiding at other times. It was a bleak, shocking life and yet I don't remember South Africans protesting in the streets. Of course it would have been terribly dangerous to have done so, during the Apartheid decades, but now people are treating him as if he had always been in the centre of their hearts.

    People have forgotten those bleak decades.

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    1. Hels, I suppose like for many young people, the youth of SA don't see him as particularly relevant now. Quite a few did protest, but mostly English SA people. Some very brave stands against the status quo were taken by a good number of white SA.

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  4. Mandela is a saint Andrew his wife Winnie on the other hand is a devil!

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    1. He was well rid of her Grace, but at the end........she's back.

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  5. I think you got it right Andrew. It's exactly because he is/was flawed that he is so powerful to the masses. We see something of ourselves in him.

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    1. Craig, it would be interesting to know of what young people think of him and how well do they know his life story.

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  6. It is sad he is going but he has had a long life and it's his time lets hope everyone remembers his ways and there is peace when he is gone even if it's a bit uneasy.
    Merle......

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    1. We can only hope Merle.

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  7. Hi Andrew, at the risk of appearing to "self-promote" my blog, I'm in Johannesburg at the moment, and am getting some interesting insights into what happened then, and what's occuring now. http://jamesobrien.id.au/2013/07/01/hello-johannesburg/ and http://jamesobrien.id.au/2013/07/02/apartheid-museum-johannesburg/ Cheers, James

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    1. Where did my comment go? The timing was bad, as I posted before you published. I read your piece this morning and I have updated the post.

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