Nelson Mandela was a man of tremendous courage and insight. He was a brilliant political strategist. He was a revolutionary leader in the freedom struggle for justice and equality. Everyone should read his wonderful autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” – an amazing book. I admire Nelson Mandela in many ways, but I also have profound philosophical, spiritual, and moral differences with some of his tactics and policies. As we mourn his death, let us celebrate his nobility while honestly assessing his life and legacy. We will not do justice to his memory if we elevate him to sainthood while ignoring his errors and mistakes. A man as intellectually driven as Nelson Mandela would not want us to do otherwise. But today let us honor the truths that he embodied and give thanks for the light that he shined. And tomorrow let us not fear to address the darker sides of a man and a movement that were far more complex than most people care to understand.
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“Universe,” “love,” “eternity,” “brotherhood,” “peace,” “life,” “justice,” “truth,” “God”… These are big words. Very big words. But not nearly big enough. They can’t be defined; they can only be lived.
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