I find myself grieving because of the death of someone I did not know. What I do know is that this man symbolized what is so spectacular about human beings. His life gave validity to the human spirit and dignity to the human condition. When I hear names like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, I instantly think of Nelson Mandela. These men inspired not just the nation of their births, but the whole world in ways that helped all mankind.
While the above names are not the only men throughout history to leave a legacy of hope and love, they are my heroes because their works inspired my generation. It was and is an honor to know of these great souls in my lifetime.
Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela, and thank you for all your good works…you will be missed greatly by all humankind.