Nelson Mandela's Legacy

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The world has lost a towering figure.

Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter, prisoner of conscience for 27 years, peacemaker, and Nobel Prize winner, was put to rest.

President Obama said of him, “It is hard to eulogize any man, but so much harder to do so for such a giant of history…He showed us the power of action, of taking risks on behalf of our ideals.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres, who regrettably couldn’t attend the funeral because of illness, noted, “Above everything, he was a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue.”

Mandela leaves us an awe-inspiring legacy.

Will each of us embrace it?

We could begin by taking to heart his words: “No one is born hating another person. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

The greatest tribute we can give Nelson Mandela is to live those words every day.

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