Monday, July 20, 2009

Mandela = forgiveness

Happy birthday for yesterday Nelson Mandela.

The reason that this man is considered special is that after years of jail, on release, he didn't go all out for revenge on his captors. Most of his captors were surprised by that. Most of the world looked on in admiration at his tolerence and ability to forgive.

Good lesson for our country on forgiveness and the assumption that maori would be vindictive if given power - they wouldn't.


feddabonn said...

i am still stunned by the idea of the reconciliation commissions that were set up in south africa-it is one of the most beautiful things i have heard of. many of my people are still unable to forgive india for what it did/are doing to us. i hope maori can go the african way!

Marty Mars said...

It's great to have an actual example of how to forgive. One man or woman can lead, with action not just words and we all need to take the lessons in.

A process to heal and forgive is worthwhile and while i don't know about your people's struggle feddabonn, i wish you every success in peacefully moving forward. And I wish that for our struggle here too.