Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013. The greatest man of our time has left us. The world is a poorer place without him but a much richer place for having had him in it.
The works of Shakespeare, disguised as a prayer book and belonging to Mandela’s fellow ANC prisoner Sony Venkatrathnam, was not confiscated by the guards on Robben Island, and the plays were read and signed by many of the prisoners.
On December 16, 1977, Nelson Mandela autographed these lines from Julius Caesar:
Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant only taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear:
Seeing that death a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
That Mandela was valiant he proved time and again throughout his long life. That there is hope in the world, that there is a possibility to achieve equality, is in part thanks to Nelson Mandela. He was a true revolutionary and humanist. Like Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela will live on as long as we heed their words of profound wisdom.