When Nelson Mandela died last week, the world did not mourn, it rejoiced that he had lived. That reaction is itself remarkable, but the breadth of it is more so. Africa, the West, the Arab world, the Subcontinent, the Far East, all cried out their thanks to him with one voice. That any man could be so loved by the world is remarkable. That it could be a revolutionary and political leader seems almost impossible.
There has probably never been a man as admired by such a range of the earth’s people as this. With over 90 heads of state attending his memorial, it will be the largest such gathering in history. (If you have any suggestion of others who have been held in similar regard, please post below).
That this is testament to the man goes without saying. It also says something about us.