Nelson Mandela’s life has been an inspiration for the young and old alike. All the things that he stood for, the teachings that he preached to build a better society still remain to live in our world and remind us of the legacy of a man who strived to change the world and make it a better place to live in.
The International Mandela Day asks us to remember that the world is a better place only when there is equality and love for all. Gender and color biases should cease to exist, and people should embrace other human beings to be just the way they are. There is nothing wrong with being a woman or a man of a different ‘color.' Mandela’s entire life has narrated the story of a common man and how any individual in this world can bring about a change in the way humans think.
His life surely tells us that there are hurdles in whatever you do. Mandela lost a considerable number of times in the elections, but he never gave up. Rather, he got up, stronger than his previous attempt and ultimately made all of us understand that we can change billions of lives if we wanted to, that there lies immense power in every human being. The legacy that he left behind continues to exist and still remind us that no one wants to live in a world where some people are ‘favored’ over others.
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The United Nations believe that everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change. 67, the number of years that Nelson Mandela fought for the world that he always believed in; a world where there is equality and global peace. He was and remains to be the greatest peacemaker that the world has ever known. Although he no longer exists among us, the baton has been passed on to the hands of each one us, to help people and make this world a better place.
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Poverty was one of the greatest areas where Nelson Mandela devoted his entire life to, and this year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has dedicated this 18th July to take action against poverty. The reason is simple, if we try and address the severe issue of poverty, we will be honoring Mandela’s leadership and dedication to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for every single individual on this planet. The foundation says that like Mandela spent 67 years of his life creating a better world, if all of us, spare just 67, minutes of our life to remember him and do what we wanted all of us to, then the result would be nothing short of a utopian one.
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Without Mandela, South Africa, and the world, for that matter, would have been a different place than it is today. Remember that ‘different’ isn’t always in a right way. He was more to South Africa and the entire world than just a President. He was a revolutionary, a freedom fighter, just like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. In Mandela’s own words, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” That was Mandela; he dreamt of the impossible and converted it into something that the entire world honors today and his legacy is still looked upon by almost everyone in this world.
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This Mandela Day would be a great opportunity for all of us to play our little part in the betterment of this world. The idea is clear; the world needs us, just like we need it. It is perhaps one of the most simple and yet one of the most complex mutual relationships that exist. With every small act of kindness completed, Mandela’s legacy can only continue to thrive and improve the world in every little, or big way, possible. So, just go out and do whatever you can, be nice to people, try to help them and just do things that you think should be done. Happy International Nelson Mandela Day!