There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
These are the infamous words of an exceptional leader and an inspirational man, the late Nelson Mandela. Today the world unites in mourning for one of the most important and influential men of the past century. It is incredible to see the outpouring of emotion through print media, TV and radio. However most immediately noticeable is perhaps the social media response to Mr Mandela’s death. Facebook and twitter are awash with images of the revered ‘Madiba’. The effect which the passing of this exceptional 95 year old man has had across every generation from those who hadn’t even been born until after his release from prison in February 1990 to those who have lived with the battle for human rights in South Africa as a constant backdrop to their lives for many years clearly highlights his iconic status and far reaching influences. Indeed he is internationally synonymous with the resistance to oppression and the fight against the evil system of apartheid in South Africa.
One of the things which Nelson Mandela stressed throughout his life was the need to cherish even the youngest members of society. He had particular interest in children rights and welfare, emphasizing the importance of nurturing future generations to ensure equal rights were secured far into the distant future. This is most evident when, following winning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993, he donated his prize winnings in their entirety to Children’s Charities. This cements for me that even in the face of such horrendous atrocities and wrong doing that one person can have such an incredible impact on the lives of his followers, the attitude of a nation and the minds of the world. It shows that no matter how small an influence you think you are making on those around you, each positive action can have widespread repercussions. This is also the fundamental message behind the 100minds initiative : both you and I can, with my fellow 100minds participants and our many supporters, collectively make a huge difference. So take this opportunity to make your positive impact today to celebrate the life of the wonderful inspirational figure Nelson Mandela. I will end with my favourite Mandela quote.
We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference
May he rest in peace.