A Man of Dignity and Love – Nelson Mandela

26 Jun









Nelson Mandela is dying.

Not a strange or unexpected thing for an elderley statesman.
Not an event that should cause world-wide heartache.
Most countries are only too glad to see the backs of their former presidents.

They often organise a huge song and dance when they shuffle off to buffalo. The media descend like vultures, and all those inclined, make pots of money selling t-shirts and other useless junk.

I’m not expecting Madiba’s death to be any different in that respect.

Where it will differ, is that for the first time in forever we are preparing ourselves to say goodbye to someone we truly love and respect…..

Love? Respect?
Yes, odd that, unbelievable in fact, unless you live here…

Perhaps I`ll go into the deep dark details of why at some stage.

For now I just want to say this: We adore this man because we know for sure that more than anything else he wanted to unite us, we know for sure he actually gave a damn. We know this because of the extraordinary amount of effort that he put in to encouraging us to tolerate and forgive and for the sacrifices he made for the sake of this beautiful and often undeserving country.

Tata Madiba, in many ways, became the very best part of our conscience – he is the embodiment of the yearnings of our spirits. He taught, admonished, loved and lived by example – always.

It is this reflection that stands today as a constant source of torment for those who rule through greed and avarice – long may it continue…

For now The Father of our Hope lies dying. The media pound the pavements outside, people pour through his hospital trying desperately for a last glimpse of this great man.

I personally fear what will happen when his spirit leaves and the rabid replacements finally have the country to themselves. The small degree of restraint they exercise will be gone.

There will be only a bittersweet memory left behind to remind us of dignity, compassion, wisdom and love.

Perhaps God is feeling gracious. Perhaps the suffering and sacrifice and dedication of this great man will move the powers of the Universe to raise up another willing and able to lead us on.

It would be a fitting reward for a life given in service. It would probably make Madiba dance again.

Both thoughts make me smile.

Go in Peace Tata


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16 responses to “A Man of Dignity and Love – Nelson Mandela

  1. Elizabeth

    December 16, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Great work! This is actually the type of data that ought to be shared over the web. %KW%

  2. Whispering Insights

    July 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Lovely words for a great man who has touched the world…

    • theforestscribe

      July 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Thank you, now if only another man of honour could be raised up I could write more…..


    June 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    A lovely tributary post, forestscribe.

    I desist from sharing my own thoughts on this unique man.

    Comments are coming through thick and thin. As you know, I have a small band of friends and relatives who appear to have a clue as to the inner workings of my own heart, but it is far, far from that of Madiba.

    If I may for now… I will in all probability be writing on Nelson Mandela in the future…here are just a few emotional words:

    Since humanity was known to have begun, as first thought by evolutionists, scholars and prophets alike, one thing is known for certain, there have been, sadly, very few men and women, who have lived and died selflessly for the betterment of humankind. Well, since the time of Abraham, Moses, Mohamed, Solomon, Jesus Christ, Joan – two Joans, Jeanne D’Arc & Pope Joan – , Confucius, Ghandi, Francis (the original St), both St Teresa’s, Lincoln, Luther King jr, Dianna, Churchill, and of course Mandela. There are probably a few others

    In his biography, Madiba humbly said that in the context of South Africa that not to be overshadowed by his own legacy, which will live long in our hearts and minds, there are others worth mentioning: Sol Plaaitjie, Dawid Kruiper, Saartjie Baartman, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, Robert Sobukwe and Helen Suzman.

    Mandela’s legacy will ensure that this great nation, and indeed what is now known to be the cradle of humankind of this tiny planet in the greater universe, will one day rise, prosper and see glory.

    At his Rivonia trial he declared that he was willing to die for our freedom. My prayers remain just this: that God will accept his spirit quietly and peacefully, and quite frankly, I hope it will be soon, and while Madiba is jiving in that other kingdom above us, I pray too that we shall bee free too.

  4. Christine Gallacher

    June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    With the huge World impact of Madiba and his global legacy to the conciousness of not just Africa but especially to the most important people for the future the younger generation, somehow although it could be a rocky road ahead there will be plenty of people to remind those that need reminding of the Nelson Mandela achievement..someone told one of my is my time to go I must make room for the little ones..

    • theforestscribe

      June 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      but that’s just it – the present government reeks of animosity when reminded of how he did things! Let’s hope there’s another Man of honour in the making somewhere in this country – as yet he has not revealed himself

  5. Jennie

    June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    A truly remarkable man….He has touched the whole world by his wise words and deep compassion for humanity. Beautiful words dear cousin…xx

  6. Susan Donald

    June 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    The one thing he did not do was choose and groom a sucessor who would have kept is spirit going, politically the country is a disaster

    Sent from my iPad

    • theforestscribe

      June 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      I suppose Thabo was supposed to be his successor before he got booted out. Politically the rot is in, but there does seem to be a renewed call to return to the original path of the elders, so we wait and hope

  7. Johnny Ojanpera

    June 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Reblogged this on johnny ojanpera.

  8. Johnny Ojanpera

    June 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    A truly beautiful man. The earth will surely cry out with his passing. “It’s a long walk to freedom.” -46664 Is it ok if I share your words?

    • theforestscribe

      June 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      He had so much reason to hate, but chose instead to forgive and taught us the same. I would be honoured if you would share it, thank you.

  9. derek gallacher

    June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    A very lovely early epitaph beth,the man is truly a saint,come the moment,come the man.

    • theforestscribe

      June 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      not epitaph yet, he’s still hanging on by a thread, he had the patience to live as he must, clearly the patience to die as he must too!


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