THE THIRD EYE OF GOD: Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raises clenched fist, arriving to address mass rally, a few days after his release from jail, 25 February 1990, in the conservative Afrikaaner town of Bloemfontein, where ANC was formed 75 years ago. (Photo by TREVOR SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by TREVOR SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

“…….as the youth we don’t have the luxury not to learn, not prepare our selves to receive the world and lift the flag of its betterment higher”

With the ongoing threat on democracy and rule of law, with raking poverty in south Africa, we are called once more to interrogate the experience of Nelson Mandela. It is the only way to affirm the meaning of our lives in this generation…

Mandela’s teachings are the only ones that give authenticity to our approach of life in the 2nd generation. Through Nelson Mandela, God manifested himself in practice and humanity was saved. Let us look at Mandela again and summon his guidance in our modern political and economic schools of thought.

The failure of the modern state in south Africa and the world is vested on the continuous fading love and displacement of humanity by the markets. The unfolding scenes are a manifestation of the growing tension between man, markets and the state. Man, and the state are slowly losing interest in fellow man in favor of the markets thus entrenching a man eater society.

These have created a vacuum and some opportunists have taken it to ride on the growing anger in society to fuel hatred in society instead of giving wise guidance our own societies. Leadership does not mean enslaving of becoming a slave of the masses. Leadership connotes a journey to freedom and the same must be sacred.
Below is some wise guidance from Nelson Mandela that I think has got a great bearing in the struggle for progress today:

1. “…………. I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come a responsibility and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

2. “………As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison”

3. “………I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying”

4. “………. there is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”

5. “………. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, when you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

6. “………. May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

7. “………A good heart and a good head are always a formidable combination”

8. “………. For to be free is not merely casting off one’s chains, but to live in away that respects and enhances the freedom of others”

9. “…………I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

10. “…………Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

In conclusion, the whispers of Nelson Mandela above have got a great bearing to us now in our struggle for a fairness, justice and prosperity. Do we languish and be remembered as a trending generation? Did we master progress or we were mastered by the same. What did we learn from school? Did we use education to enslave society or better society? What is our calling as a generation?

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