Nelson Mandela Had the Heart of a Social Worker

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba died yesterday at the age of 95 years old.  His life serves as an inspiration to people who believe that all human beings—regardless of our station in life—have dignity and worth and deserve to live our lives in ways that are meaningful to us.  He was a man who was in a word anti-evil.  Given the circumstances of his life—that the apartheid government of South Africa forced him to spend 27 years in prison mostly on Robben Island confined to a tiny cell—he had every right to be bitter and hateful towards his persecutors.  Yet he refused to hate.  He refused to even consider replacing white domination with black domination.  Confounding many of his supporters, Mandela went to great lengths to forgive his oppressors in order to achieve reconciliation among South Africans of all colors….

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