In honor of former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, I decided to do some research on not only the inspirational man himself, but his accomplishments and the the era of apartheid in South Africa. Essentially, I established through my research an idea of what Mandela dedicated himself to through his immense efforts in impacting South Africa and our whole world; change through democracy, the demolition of segregation, and education. All of these ideas make it apparent that Mandela dedicated himself to kindness.
The type of world we live in is, in my opinion, indescribable in both negative and positive lights. As we continue to aspire to greater heights through technology and education, we are bettering ourselves and future generations, offering them a lifetime of immense opportunity in regards to so many aspects. But often, as cliche as it may sound, we forget to truly live, especially with one another. Even all of the knowledge in the world cannot bring the sort of immense change that a positive attitude and hope to create change can. The aspirations that linger in the minds of people like Nelson Mandela are the aspirations that the world as a whole should posses in an attempt to put aside the vast differences that are bound to exist and simply help one another. Eventually, the tolerance of differences can become a vital part of anyone’s natural disposition.
Not to sound like a preaching, and not to say that everyone needs to give up their lives to help the needy, the saying “every penny counts” is actually a good description of what I’m trying to get at here, what thinking about Nelson Mandela teaches me. As every penny counts towards saving for a new car or a vacation, every miniscule act of kindness counts towards the development of true happiness. The effects that one smile or even the smallest consideration for others can hold are numerous and, to me, proof that so much is achievable. If you can make someone’s day with one simple sentence, imagine what you can do with all the effort you have.
Relating this too-long and slightly far fetched post back to Nelson Mandela and his efforts towards the future of South Africa… let’s all celebrate by getting offline, having some birthday cake, and saying a kind word or two to whoever we are around
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