If there’s a more inspirational story than Nelson Mandela’s, I haven’t yet heard it. He spent decades behind bars, a prisoner of the backward and doomed-to-fail system of apartheid in South Africa. And when he emerged a free man in 1990, it would have been understandable for him to walk away from the nation that had imprisoned him for so long. Instead, he finished off that system forever, and then became the leader of that nation.
Mandela is the embodiment of good triumphing over evil. Even though I’ve never set foot in South Africa, and I probably never will, I can still see his legacy in the world today. Love can conquer hate, just as it did in his lifetime, and we must never forget that, wherever we are.
Twitter is currently awash in speculation about his demise, but at the age of 94, death is something that even Mandela cannot win out over. His achievements will be remembered, and his name will be spoken, for as long as any of us are alive, and well beyond even that. There are many problems in the world, but good must always win out in the end. Mandela’s life proves this as well as anyone’s ever has.