Thinking about Mandela’s Transformation

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I mean, he used to blow up buses. The point is to get attention and force the powerful to address the injustices.

Those 27 years in Robben Island did something to him.  And the movement continued, changed, deepened, grew. They helped sing him out of prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKCk8o5xzaM

He came out and helped to lead a nonviolent transformation (of people, the state, the society). That was the method. The point was still to force the powerful to address the injustices. Rivonia Trial speech: http://www.rfksafilm.org/html/speeches/mandela.php

Some people say that you have to be transformed and all peaceful internally before you do something powerful in the world. But I think Nelson started before he was “all together” internally, and it was the process of healing his world that he healed himself.

Thanks for your amazing life and witness over time. You inspired me and so many others. We’re going to get out there and seek to address the injustices the best and most effective way we can, whether we have it all together or not.

About ST

Born on United Nations Day, I am actively involved in the process of figuring out how we can live together well on this planet, given our similar and different truth claims. I love the journey!

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