The BBC interviewed Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, after Mandela passed last Thurs, Dec 5th, 2013. It’s a rich interview that reveals Mandela’s more human, family side.
Toward the end of the interview, Ms Mandela said she believed her father had fought not just for political freedom but also for spiritual freedom.
“He talks about the fact that it takes courage to forgive. Forgiveness is a very difficult thing,” she said.
“I think he knew that if he didn’t forgive, he would be forever imprisoned spiritually. The lesson we can take from his life is to have the courage to forgive other people.
“None of us are born hating another – we are taught to hate and if you can teach a human being to hate you can also teach a human being to love, to embrace and to forgive.”
Ah, may this wisdom travel the world ever more powerfully now that we have lost a truly great, courageous man, Nelson Mandela. Thank you, Nelson, for all you have contributed and exemplified. Deep gratitude to you and your spirit.