Nelson Mandela Once Said…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and died on December 5, 2013. Nelson was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The greatest glory is living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela fought Apartheid, which is the segregation of race in South Africa. He was imprisoned in 1962 and served 27 years for trying to overthrow the government. Apartheid was a white minority that was in place from 1948 until 1994 when they had their first multi-racial of which Mandela won.

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela

It’s a very profound statement about hate and love that Mandela made and I agree with it 100% and if you’re any kind of reader of mine you already know this from multiple posts talking about being kinder to one another and about not seeing religion, race, sexual preference and any other difference. Sometimes I think we learn hate by experience and confusion, when things happen to us and someone who is different than we are may think that others would be the same. The more bad things that come from a certain group and the more you hear about it the more fear will be spread. Also if you’re inexperienced personally and only hear about, read about, learn about things a certain way it is difficult to rethink that others would be different. But if more people become outspoken and are different and you can see it, hear about it or read it …. that in and of itself could cause a snowball affect. Be different. Don’t be assholes. All lives matter. It is time for change and we all have to show each other that we are different and that things can be different if we all try.

When Nelson Mandela came out of jail he was quoted to have said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” That is a something more people need to learn. Not everyone is the same. Sometimes we have to go through things that are really tough. We make our own prisons in life after traumatic experiences and we can choose to stay in that prison to die or we can live our lives.