Mandela Fever

18 07 2008

Well as everyone in South Africa knows, it is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s birthday today. 90 years old. Well let me start out by saying congratulations. 90 years is quite old, and he has had a harsh life, what with all the time spent in prison etc.

I acknowledge that he was a great person, a great statesman and leader and quite possibly even a good human being. What I think everybody needs to remember is that he is just a human being, not a god. It seems, with all the Nelson Mandela fervour that is shoved down our throat every year or so, that people sometimes forget that. Everybody seems to worship him and the ground that he walks on, forgetting any mistakes which he may have made or anything bad which he may have done, and putting him on a pedestal to worship him.

So while I think it’s good to celebrate the birthday of the man who lead South Africa into a peaceful future, and possibly the ideals which he stood for at the same time, I think we all need to realise that he is just human, and maybe, just maybe realise that he does not require a whole newspaper filled with stories of his life, other people’s thoughts on him and everything in the country named after him?

Can you imagine the day he passes on? The entire country will shut down for about a week of mourning, the day will probably be named a new Public Holiday (along with today, his birthday) and there will again be huge tributes in the papers, TV etc. People from all over the world will fly into South Africa to pay their respects, and rightly so in the case of foreign dignitaries.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you are free to do whatever you want at the end of the day, but just remember that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is just a human, just like you or me, and as such is not worthy of our utmost devotion and worship. That honour should be reserved for God, and only for God.

Just a thought…

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18 07 2008
Caroline

OUCH!!

A little bit harsh, I would say. (Would hate to hear your opinion on Princess Di, who never even did anything worthwhile). One might even think you’re a little jealous of all the attention he is getting (?)

I won’t argue how great and powerful he is – his resume does that for himself.
I will not even dispute that he is idolised as more that “just a human”. However, I am not sure that this is necessarily a bad thing. In a country with so many different nationalities and beliefs, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who does not revere Mandela, and perhaps it is our ability to recognise ahuman qualities (such as the remarkable peace he emits and his ability to forgive, blah blah, you know the story) that draws us, as a nation, together. And, in my opinion, this can never be a bad thing.

Just a thought…

18 07 2008
Brian knott

I totally agree. He is good but only human honestly! The same worms will eat him that will eat me.

26 07 2008
Kelly

WOW such cynicism…MIKE!!!! come on!!!
Yes this extraordinary man is only human but what (I think!) we South African’s etc WORSHIP or ADMIRE which ever you want to use, is because someone so ORDINARY and HUMAN freed an entire nation!!! come on!!!! Guys he freed those being burnt in the streets and shot in the backs… he gave a voice to those who didn’t have one… this man did extraordinary things and yeah the media takes it a bit far, with 5 editions of “A Long Walk To Freedom” being published in hardback, abridged and paperback, receipe books and god knows what else… and quite frankly I think its such a breath of fresh air when I hear about his plans of his 90th birthday rather than some little girl aged 6 being raped and killed and then dismembered…

Sorry I really got into it!!!! whoops… 😀

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