This week the world is mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his extraordinary life. He was one of the world’s foremost champions of human rights and dignity, died peacefully two days ago. His extraordinary personal witness to the power of justice and reconciliation serves as a model for political leaders everywhere. His leadership in uniting the people of South Africa and overcoming apartheid displayed the power of truth and nonviolence to transform fear and conflict in individuals and a nation.
“No one is born hating another person because 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.”