I’m sure that I won’t be the only person who feels compelled to write a few words about the passing of Nelson Mandela, and others will likely have much more profound words than mine. And, really, the main thing I am thinking is that I was truly saddened to learn of his passing, and that I think the world was probably better with him than without.
Beyond that, I thought rather than try to say something about who the man was, I would let a few of his own words do the talking for me:
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."
"A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
I think the best thing that could be done to honor him is to try and live these words. Rest in Peace.