We knew it was coming, and I suspect Mandela himself would have preferred not to be kept alive for so long through the miracle of modern medicine, but now that he is truly gone, I cherish every day he spent on this earth.
Nelson Mandela was the symbol of hope, not just for his own nation, but for the rest of us as well.
Nelson Mandela helped end Apartheid in South Africa, without a bloodbath. When that news swept the world I felt a rush of joy – if such a thing was possible, then anything was possible.
Nelson Mandela is gone, and we’re left to pray for another good man who can show us that humanity is capable of peace, and compassion.
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela.