Are You True to Your Values?

Are You True to Your Values?

Barack Obama on Nelson Mandela. So eloquently put, so indelible…

 

“…The story told by Mandela’s life is not one of infallible human beings and inevitable triumph. It is the story of a man who was willing to risk his own life for what he believed in, and who worked hard to lead the kind of life that would make the world a better place.

“In the end, that is Mandela’s message to each of us. All of us face days when it can seem like change is hard – days when our opposition and our own imperfections may tempt us to take an easier path that avoids our responsibilities to one another. Mandela faced those days as well. But even when little sunlight shined into that Robben Island cell, he could see a better future – one worthy of sacrifice. Even when faced with the temptation to seek revenge, he saw the need for reconciliation, and the triumph of principle over mere power. Even when he had earned his rest, he still sought to inspire his fellow men and women to service…”

 

Putting aside that Mandela was a terrorist, he left Robben Island a better person who never gave up on his values. Treating those against him with respect, he blamed the system, not the individuals.

 

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