You mark the Nelson Mandela International day by devoting 67 minutes of time to helping others, the UN proposes us on the 18th of July, that also marks the birth of the renowned fighter for peace, liberty and conflict resolution, Nelson Mandela.
As stated on the UN website, for 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
According the to the site, in November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July“Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
Today there are 97 years since the birth of great Nelson Mandela. I was really impressed with the movie about his suffering and strength in jail and I like to watch his video interviews from time to time, the one with Oprah Winfrey is really touching, as she said everyone of the network s staff lined up down to corridor to shake his hand, They named that hall, the Nelson Mandela hall and hung pictures of him and the staff shaking hands. Here are 5 minutes from the 2000 interview I transcribed. You can
Nelson Mandela: You must fight the battle for dignity on the very first day you go to jail. That’s what we did. We put our foot down and insisted in being respected even though we’e prisoners. And we have not suceeded in that.
Oprah Winfrey:Eventually, they thought that by sending you to the Lion Cory and wokring on the rocks would destroy, but it did the opposite. How so?
Nelson Mandela: I wan’t the cup of the great mean indeed. Some of them were more talented and more qualified than I am. To sit down with them to exchange views was one of the most reveling experiences I had. To sit down with those men that were risking their lives, it fortified your moralily. It gave you courage to do better than your best.
You also said that “we made the brain dominate the blood”.
Nelson Mandela: We hid our emotions for the white poeple. Our brains searched. If you don’t talk with this man, your country will go up in flames. And for many years to come this country will engulf into rivers of blood. So, we had to renconcile that conflict. And wanting to talk to the enemy was the result of the domination of the brain over emotions.
Oprah Winfrey: You began the peace talk, you end up coming out of prison and there is no bitterness. How is there no bitterness?
Nelson Mandela: Well, I hate oppression and when I think about the past, the top of things they did, I feel angry. You have a limited time to stay on Earth. You must try and use that period for the purpose of transforming your country into what you desire it to be: democratic, non-rasial, non-sexist country. That was a great task.