Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
What It Is:
The autobiography written about the amazing journey of Mr. Mandela’s life, and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. 27 years of which were spent as a political prisoner.
The arc of the story is hard to believe. I thought it fascinating how imprisoningMr. Mandela alongside other leaders in the resistance movement really created dialog and debate that propelled the movement forward. By the end of the book, when he is meeting with the President - it is clear that the President is completely outmatched because this is a conversation he had been preparing for, for a very long time.
I am sure that he struggled, but his sage like peace and willingness to forgive for those who imprisoned him for so long was astounding. He clearly sacrificed much for his nation, and that sacrifice did not stop because he was named President.
The complex strategies, organizing, and altering strategies in a measured and cerebral way was astounding. Even the decision to engage (or reciprocate) violence was done in a logical and cerebral way. He also was able to break down barriers with charisma, kindness, and patience.
“History shows that penalties do not deter men when their conscience is aroused (Part 6, Chapter 51).”
“To make peace with an enemy one must work with that enemy, and that enemy becomes one’s partner” (Part10, Chapter 112).
“A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness” (Part 11).
My apologies for the imprecise or absent quote citations, I was not as meticulous in recording these details in November of last year.