I was born in 1959, Nelson Mandela was well along the way to changing South Africa and the world. He was in the midst of “the cause” and the Treason trial. I grew up, but not a lot was taught about South Africa and Nelson Mandela in my classes at school. I didn’t pay much attention to Nelson Mandela or South Africa until the 1990’s.
Fast forward to tonight. My wife and I are watching the Nelson Mandela tribute on ABC. Our 8 year old daughter gets out of bed to ask if she can sit and watch for a few minutes. I asked her, “do you know who this man is?” She said “yes, Nelson Mandela.” She has studied or discussed Nelson Mandela in school. She wanted to see more, learn more, which is a tribute to what she had learned in school and the man.
You see, it’s the man that makes the visionary. He is a man whose morals and beliefs made him one of the great visonaries and leaders of any time. He is a man that we should be thankful was willing to stand up in the face of death and fight for what he thought was right. He had a great spirit, a great way about himself that made us all feel his presence, to understand his message.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.