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December 9, 2013 / ldejong4

Watch over us, Nelson Mandela!

Last week, the world lost a wonderful man as news struck that Nelson Mandela passed away after battling a prolonged lung infection at the age of 95. Since his passing, I’ve watched two long documentaries, read news articles and many pieces online about his life – and what an interesting life he had. Every story had me truly captivated.

It saddens me however to admit that I know more about his life now that he is no longer with us.  Growing up in the pre World Wide Web days, I remember hearing his stories in the news and the grown-ups talking about him. The mere mention of his name always carried heroic connotations and I guess that was enough for me to comprehend back then. I remember his smile light up his face during speeches on TV and could almost witness the positive aura surround his entire body everywhere he went, always brushing off the people in his presence. It was so evident to me he was an inspirational leader that I didn’t even need to fully understand the details of the stories.

Nelson Mandela did a lot for South Africa and a lot for the world. He recognised the idiocy that racism is, and took the bull by the horns for the freedom and peace of his country without ever giving up.  What a man!

What’s more, he endured twenty-seven years in prison and emerged ever stronger and ever passionate to not only fight but also win this battle against apartheid in South Africa. Now that really gets the hair standing on the back of my neck. For a man to sleep on a hard floor most of his life, to be taken away from society, from his family, from love, comfort, light and freedom would surely kill a man. Would that suffering not eat away at his soul and turn him bitter? Not for Mr. Mandela and that is what truly grips me about his life. His suffering made him stronger and he never gave up because deep down he knew it was the right battle to fight for the rest of humanity. I’d love to know how he maintained his strength throughout those long and lonely years locked away. Was he meditating and realising the inner peace within himself, awakening his Kundalini for twenty-seven years?

On the flipside, there is something sincerely disturbing about this story that bothers me. The end of racial segregation in South Africa was finally realised in 1994 with the fall of the National Party from its political power. Great news of course but why so late?

The telephone was invented in the late 1800s and this represented a huge technological advancement. Neil Amrstrong was the first man on the moon in 1969 with yet another leap for mankind. And I’m sorry but was it not discovered that colours were merely waves of light at different wavelengths at some point long before 1994?

Now I’m no scientist but isn’t it also true that human senses are filters that enable us to subjectively perceive and interpret wavelengths within limits? Colour is a wavelength just as the rest of our human body is – vibrations of different frequencies. As a linguist, I’m very familiar with sound waves and their frequencies. Racism would be similar to discrimination based on the pitch of someone’s voice. So how can we judge each other and take human rights away based on that? How could that have remained in society for so long and why does it still occur to this day? It is the most idiotic thing!

Thank you, Nelson for getting politicians to cop on, thank you for your positivity and thank you for never giving up on us. We love you and will never forget you. Let your legend live on to inspire more good souls to stand up for what is right and just.

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  1. chicauniqua / Dec 11 2013 8:21 am

    Wow! Fantastic piece Lisa! Hope you’re well my dear. 🙂 x

    • ldejong4 / Dec 11 2013 11:33 am

      Thanks a mil Laura! Yes very 🙂 working on some grammar essays these days. Not easy! See you soon x

  2. thealwaysbeliever / Dec 12 2013 12:45 pm

    Honey, first of all, loved this. Thanks for writing these pieces. You got it in you. Second of all, I wanted to post one of your pieces up on my blog 🙂 And third of all, http://thealwaysbeliever.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/the-lighthouse-award-nomintations/ I present you The Lighthouse Award. 🙂 Just spreading the love and support in any way I can. You deserve it! Till soon my darling Lisa.

  3. ldejong4 / Dec 12 2013 1:23 pm

    Sweetie, thanks so much for your lovely comment. You know I love them 🙂 I was really happy to write that piece. The world needs a bit of a wake up call now and then. Yes, feel free to post whatever you want on your blog and link me in it 🙂 Would be a cool way to share each other’s work.
    Thank you for the nomination/award… I’m not really sure I get it haha. I await your post on Sunday so to read more. Sending you all my love from Dublin – where I sit in my room cramming college essays. Huuuugs!

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