Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela, a true hero in this controversial world or just another politician? Was his 27 years of imprisonment for standing up against his nations government, which did not support human rights, equality and world poverty, something the country of Africa should be proud about? As disappointing as it might seem, the answer is a straight and simple, no. Nelson Mandela, my hero, the man that everyone knows, that conquered black domination in Africa, that healed his countries wounds against equality and the one that’s political journey brought humanity back into his proud entry.
And why? Well why not. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”. My all-time favorite quote from Nelson Mandela shows where his journey started, racism, the right to equality and peace in this angry world. I believe that the act of fighting against racism was the most passionate thing Nelson Mandela wanted to achieve.
He set out his dreams and ran with his heart, his audience was the black community and his goal was to make them believe in themselves, even if he was part of the audience, his selfless soul put others first and made himself believe as well. To start off his adventurous journey, Nelson Mandela joined a black community supporting political party: the ANT (African National Congress). Nelson and his other 1 55 visionaries tried for years to get the black community to support them and help them stand up against the government.
Rallies were attended, which in most cases turned violent because of the hatred towards the South African government. Sooner than expected, all 156 visionaries were arrested for high treason and were to face a tortuous 5-year trial. Later on in 1962 Mandela was once again arrested, this time for traveling without a passport and violent acts against the government, and his punishment: a sentence of life imprisonment on Robber Island. Life imprisonment! In my opinion, this made it a worse situation for the government as the population of Africa started to like Nelson more and more and appeal to his ideas while he was in ail.
In fact, my hero became the most significant leader for black South Africans during his imprisonment, which luckily was cut a very short 27 years. 1990; the year Nelson Mandela was released from prison, or even perhaps the year this strong and powerful man was elected president of South Africa. Through the fear and the fight, the hero that thought he was just “an ordinary man with extraordinary circumstances”, had got there, he had achieved not only the ears of the people, but the eyes. He had got there with his words of wisdom, and now it was time to put his safety net of words into play.
He had got there with the help of the people, supporters and believers. Nelson Mandela’s non-judgmental and loving soul mixed with his strong passions and determination made an effective and forceful government. As an individual, it made him a hero, not only a hero to me, but a hero to his people. They told him what they wanted and he gave it to them, but it was not long until Nelson was to leave. After only 1 short term in presidency he voluntarily stepped down from position, but this act made him no less of a man or no less off hero.
The love pumping around this old mans once Rosen heart made him strive to continue to help his people, help his country, and help his world. Nelson Mandela became a part of the South African AIDS epidemic that sadly destroys many lives in his country, he also brought consciousness to not only poverty among the people of his land, but the whole world. The elders, it was a project that Mandela created and allowed for its compassion to spread across the country like wildfire. Beginning in 2007, a group of free-standing and liberated leaders from across the world came together to work publicly with the people, as well as privately to . Support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair”, in Mandela’s words. Nelson Mandela had run his trip to freedom, healed the people and his country to the best of his ability. The pain he went through to get to such a high position in the world was not a movie it was reality. He didn’t stop there, he pushed on harder and set the base for other leaders to follow his steps and never let the fire that he had started, to burn out.
Even though his life started out badly; running away from home at the age of 1 to Johan ensures to avoid arranged marriage; getting charged by the South African government with treason, more than once, and all he was trying to do was help the people! Nelson Mandela the man that spoke out and made it to his goals with pride. But this is why the world is in such a bad state in this day and age; we do not let the people have their say. If someone has an idea, they should let it out, out into the world and speak their truthful opinion, without judgment.
We should, as a country and among the world, follow Mandela’s dead; make your goals, strive for them, and push harder everyday. Again and again, repeat and repeat, until you’re there, until you’re satisfied. On the topic of goals, ‘A walk to freedom’; was and still is the perfect description of Mandela’s aspirations in life. And as follows, Mandela quoted on his own walk to freedom, which inspired others that even if it gets harder your pride won’t back down, and you must never back down either, even if it seems like you are failing. “l have walked that long road to freedom.
I have tried not to falter; have made missteps along the way. But have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb… But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. ” As all heroes, conquerors and warriors must have a rest, and their walk must come to an end, including Nelson Mandela’s. Mandela was put to rest on December 5th, 2013, and over the course of his 95 years on earth he achieved many great and courageous things.
Nelsons’ walk may have ended on earth, but his toasters and pathways he has lead us through to discover and enrich upon will still be there, and his impact is his walk that will never end on this disastrous yet perfect world. It is not a dream of mine that one day we will have many people like Nelson Mandela covering the land, for that is a precious and special thing not to be wasted, as it only comes once or twice every life time. With all the different opinions from different minds, swirling around in the world, what we want is sometimes what we need; we need role models, someone to look up to, roes.
Nelson Mandela, or as I like to call him by his real name; Railhead; my hero. I strive to be like him, to have a kind soul, positive mind, and achieve higher that what others expect of me. In this modern world it can be highly extended for our minds, or easily flexible at times, but no matter what the circumstances we must look up to our heroes for advice. With Nelson Mandela to look up to, it means never back down, keep reaching forward and there will be no ‘until’ something happens, you keep moving no matter what. Nelson Mandela; a true hero.