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December 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Courage and Character: Nelson Mandela

As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela and mourns his passing, understanding the man’s struggle is glorified. He struggled for freedom of his fellow indigenous South Africans. He struggled for the end of a horrific socio-political system called apartheid. He struggled to galvanize a country that was culturally turned upside down as he was elected as its president. And, now he rests.

Without repeating the numerous accolades and awards that he earned, let’s focus on his courage and character. As a man, he had personal shortcomings. Well, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. More importantly as a man, he epitomized courage by standing up to a political structure that explicitly systematized oppression and injustice. Likewise, Nelson Mandela demonstrated extreme character by being imprisoned for 27 years because he stood for moral justice. All the while, he drew international attention to his struggle. He educated other prisoners, as well as his jailers, concerning basic human rights and the diabolical nature of their government. And upon his release in 1990, the world welcomed him as a conquering hero.

The character that forged the conviction to hold his country’s rulers accountable reveals unfathomable moral strength. Nelson Mandela knew that he was right. His courage to hold firm to these convictions against the daily threat of death clearly inspired a planet. Nelson Mandela exemplifies uplift in the sense that his message clearly focused on helping the next person, the next generation, the next oppressed society. His personal glory only grew as the attention from uplifting another one grew.

So, let’s reflect on what cause motivates each of us individually to stand against the powers that be. Forget going to prison, or facing death. Simply start with staring down your individual demons and using every fiber of your being to improve your surroundings. Look today at your character and summon your courage to fight for your individual cause resulting in the betterment of your immediate environment. Then, do it again tomorrow. You do not need to topple governments. Simply improve your part of the world one day, one act, at a time for you and another one.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

December 6, 2013 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments