Saturday, December 7, 2013

Two Roads

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that
lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
~Nelson Mandela
I don't know how you feel about the coverage of Nelson Mandela's death, but I am finding so much of it to be an attempt to link one man with another. I'll leave that hanging there. One man I very much consider a true hero, leader of his country, and a bright light in history. He stands alone and is beyond such comparisons.


This photo represents for me how many in South Africa and around the world are feeling just now...as if they wish to embrace the man. They surely can embrace the memory of the man and thank God for sending such a man when he was needed most. (Nelson Mandela: RIP)

 My friend Linds writes at Rocking Chair Reflections and lives in the United Kingdom; however, she grew up in South Africa and considers herself a child of South Africa. She has written such a beautiful 
post that I cannot recommend it highly enough. I promise that you'll not regret it. 

*Silence is Broken Madiba Died*

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28 comments:

  1. I will go read that post, Vee. The man stands alone!!!! Head and shoulders above others. xo Diana

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  2. He is a very important part of history..however, I think the news coverage is a bit too much, and I apologize if I offend anyone, not meaning to do so. Very lovely post at Linds..I could not imagine living in such a world where 'freedom' is not. Blessings

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  3. Thank you so much for the link. I'm anxious to read it! You can't help but shed tears for the loss of this great man. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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  4. Thank you so much for the link. Lind's tribute to Nelson Mandela is beautiful. I love the pictures of him ~ always with the smile ~ I feel that I'm viewing greatness. He endured more than I can imagine and, in the years of being in prison, he learned to speak English so that he could speak to the world. An amazing person!

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  5. I have mixed emotions about Mandela because I have never heard whether he renounced his plotting and participation in violent protests and illegal acts. It seems that part of his life is really glossed over by the media and historical accounts. What he achieved is something to be admired. But the tactics he used (before his imprisonment) to achieve the means are not to be admired. As to the other man, there is nothing about him that is admirable at all, IMHO.

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    1. It is my understanding that Mandela was for non-violence UNTIL... I think that prison changed him in the most profound of ways. I like to think that he had time for instruction under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Just my way of looking at things... If we look at the fruit of any person's life and see the vast changes and improvements in a country because of that life, I think we can say with confidence that this was an honorable man.

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    2. First of all, the comment posted above by "MM" is not me. Certainly, it is a coward who blocks their profile. Secondly, I do hope that he finally renounced his participation in any violence during his early years. I really don't feel strongly about the man, one way or the other. As I said, I have mixed emotions. But I know that God will sort it all out, my friend.

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    3. Sorry, Donna. Your comment was not here when I deleted MM's comment...a no reply blogger who got through as opposed to an anonymous commenter. Because I require that people stand behind their words, the comment was deleted.

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    4. And a pretty sneaky way of attaching a p.s. as if you were writing!

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    5. I think "MM" was cowardly, particularly since he/she was trying to make it appear that the comment was coming from me. A troublemaker...

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  6. A beautiful "first hand" tribute to a great man! Thanks for sharing the link.

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  7. I am off to read the tribute that Linds wrote. Thank you for the link.

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  8. I agree with Donna, and I think our President is trying desperately to grab hold of Mandela's coattails. I also wonder why we have our flags at half staff when we did not do the same for Margaret Thatcher, leader of our major ally, nor did we send a high-ranking official to her funeral. I think all this coverage, sorry to say, is more about shoring up our President's deplorable lack of leadership and sagging ratings than it is about anything else.

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    1. Just as policy, I agree with you. Flags should not fly at half- staff in this country for leaders of any other.

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  9. Being Canadian and not getting any American TV channels, I'm not getting the news coverage of the American viewpoint on the passing of Nelson Mandela. So, I'll comment on the beautiful post that Linds wrote of her memories. Thank you for sharing her post with us Vee. I learned a lot from her words and memories of those days. I'm not a political person and don't pay much attention to what's going on sometimes. That can be good or bad! They say ignorance is bliss. Hmmmm. Not always. Mandela was a great man of our time. We have a lot to learn about grace and forgiveness. Thanks for this post today. Enjoy the weekend, my friend.

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  10. Nelson Mandela was truly inspirational and I don't begrudge anyone who has felt that inspiration and tried to make a difference. For me, I try not to judge and disagree that President Obama is trying to "grab hold of his coattails." I'm not political, just saying, as a figure of authority and importance in our country, he has a right to say what meeting Mr. Mandela meant to him...if Mr. Bush was still President, he would be saying a similar speech. Would he be trying to link himself to him...just asking.

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    1. I am not so much referring to comments the president has made. I am referring specifically to the news media. I do not think the president and Mandela are on equal terms as the media wishes to suggest. I'd prefer that Mandela get his tributes without the need for the media to link a caboose to the train. I am a Conservative, Susan. You may judge me by that measure.

      In an interesting development, the president has invited his predecessor to travel with him to South Africa and has been accepted. Perhaps if they can get along after all the negativity, we can all learn how to get along.

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    2. I think in the truest meaning of Christmas that would be a good thing. Vee, I respect your opinion and good heart; as I said, I am not political, but seem to, as my daughter did, come to the aid of the underdog. The media really does have too much power and tries to sway us--the reason why I refuse to watch the news, whatever the channel. Your tribute to a great man was touching, XOXO

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  11. A truly great man has left us and there is no comparison to anyone else. He will truly be missed. I agree with you Vee.

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  12. Mandela was truly a great man. The one the media is trying to prop up...is definitely not. Now, I'm off to read the other post you shared a link to. Thanks.

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  13. He was loved and did change the world.
    Merle..........

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  14. Dear Vee, He has lived his life and now, we all morn a man who stood for his beliefs! We are all known by our fruit. Once again, I have enjoyed reading these last few post, from muffins to tree lights, they all brightened my day! Happy~ Holly~Merry and Christ!! Big Hug! Roxy

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  15. Thank you, Vee, for sending along the link. I will be sure to read it since you recommended it. Happy weekend blessings. xo

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  16. Thank you, Vee, for the link to Linds wonderful post. Such a moving first-hand account from a South African.

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  17. Linds gave me a view of Mr. Mandela which confirmed my respect for him and which I feel is why many flags flew at half mast after his death. Thanks for sharing the link Vee.
    Judith

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  18. In truth Vee, I can't make a well informed judgement at this time.
    I'm aware of the good he's done for S. Africa and applaud that huge contribution,
    but have also heard unfavorable accounts. It's in the hands of our Maker for the final judgement...
    I will read your friends view.

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  19. I always respected the man and I think he was a good one. I really don't know that much about him, tho.

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  20. I am SO in agreement with you!!!! There is not one shred of comaparison between such an honorable respectable gentleman and the other one!
    Thank you for this lovely post.
    Blessings,
    J

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