We want change but we don’t change within ourselves. We wish for peace, but we don’t work to create it. We dream of a better life but we sit back and think it will appear by itself. Wanna drink water? Pour it in a cup. Everything we’ve ever wanted is at our fingertips. What are we willing to do to see the world we want to live in? I believe PEACE is possible! I believe in possibilities we can create…. I truly am because we are… Real truth! Most important thing for tonight is …. I believe in Congo. Do you believe?
His fight for freedom of his people is something to be admired. May the ancestors give us the strength to continue Mandela legacy
In Memory of Mandela
This post is coming from a place of love. For the past three years, I’ve had very personal and intimate experience of having friends and colleagues either killed or dead. Every single time, I’ve felt that we live in a surreal and hypocritical world. I sometime ask myself if I’m too critical at times… Today is just too much.
Mandela, someone I admire a lot, has died. He spent 27 years in jail fighting the brutal Apartheid regime. People’s support around the world, especially Cuba’s defeat of the South African troops in Angola and Namibia, contributed to the end of that regime. We forget so quickly that the day Mandela was listed as a terrorist up until 2008 when, with a legislation, his name was finally removed. I have so much to actually say but I really don’t know how to articulate it. The amount of support he is receiving now, if he only received half of it, he wouldn’t have spent the amount of years he had spent in prison.
Who is the Mandela that we are commemorating? Is it the one who went to see Fidel Castro after he was released? Is the one who continued to condemn the living conditions of Palestinian people? Is it the one who had to get a waiver from the State Department every time he came to the US because he was listed as a terrorist? Who is the Mandela we are honoring today and do we know of his faux-pas in the Congo or during the negotiation leading to the independence of South Africa? With his flaws, I still believe Mandela’s commitment and belief in the freedom of the South Africans is something that should always be honored, elevated and admired.
Now, my question to all of us:
Why is it that we must wait until people like Mandela die for us to remember or support him? Are we supporting those justice seekers of today in their struggle for peace and justice?
Do we know the justice seekers of today? Will we wait 27 years before we see the freedom fighters of today? It is painful to realize that people care more about each other at death rather than when we are alive.
It will be quite sad to know that the world will support human ideals of peace and stability in Congo after we have transitioned as Mandela has done today.
In Memory of #Mandela, support the justice seekers and freedom fighters of today who work everyday to make our world a better place.