On Thursday 5 November just after 9pm, Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen, passed away at the age of 95. I think everyone feels at a loss for words to really describe the magnitude of his contribution to South Africa, to the world, and to each of us individually - to our own personal histories, the way we treat each other, and the way we interact with each other as individual members of a larger whole. Mandela, jailed for 27 years, emerged from prison only to forgive his oppressors, to focus on forgiveness and unity rather than resentment, anger and further disunity and division. His dream for South Africa - for the world - was one without oppression, free from injustice and inequality. We have come far, that is for sure, but there is still a long way to go - as a society, and as individuals - for us to truly embody the legacy of this great man.
Mandela's passing has reminded me of how I can work towards these values in my own life. Some of his wise words, to which I aspire: