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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Posted by on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Dead. He was 95.


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merry 1
Oh man.... The passing of a man, a legend really, who changed the world through his courage and vision...

RIP sir. And get ready for a BIG reception over there with the angels......
Posted by merry on December 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
lark 2
RIP, Nelson Mandela
Posted by lark on December 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 3
The wintry haw is burning out of season,
crab of the thorn, a small light for small people,
wanting no more from them but that they keep
the wick of self-respect from dying out,
not having to blind them with illumination.

But sometimes when your breath plumes in the frost
it takes the roaming shape of Diogenes
with his lantern, seeking one just man;
so you end up scrutinized from behind the haw
he holds up at eye-level on its twig,
and you flinch before its bonded pith and stone,
its blood-prick that you wish would test and clear you,
its pecked-at ripeness that scans you, then moves on.
-Seamus Heaney
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on December 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
One of the most thrilling moments I had in reaction to a world event was his release from prison, even more than the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was one of the world's true champions of justice. RIP.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
rob! 5
Lovely, @3. Thank you.
Posted by rob! on December 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Dr. Z 6
A Great Soul passes
Posted by Dr. Z on December 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
An incredibly wise and brave man. He made the world a better place. RIP
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 8
One of those very few days when we can say a man who really did change the world for the better has left us.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 9
I worked with a South African M.D. last summer who was real chatty on most any subject. The one time I forced Mandela's name into the conversation, he got oddly silent, and gave me a look that I took as 'don't even go there, it's deep, and you won't understand.'

Posted by dnt trust me on December 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM · Report this
RIP Mandela. Although I knew he was going to go, I'm still sad that it has happened. Thankfully, he lived to the ripe old age of 95 and was instrumental in not only ending apartheid but in demonstrating dignity in the years after he was freed.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on December 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Fnarf 11
I'm lucky enough to have seen the great man, in Boston in 1990. I was literally a mile away; he was a speck in the distance, and a slightly larger speck on one of the giant TVs they had placed on barges in the Charles River. But the size of that crowd, and his words, and the feeling that day engendered in everyone who was there, made me weep. He directly changed the world, utterly changed it, and that doesn't happen very often. A colossus.

I'm not religious in the slightest, aggressively atheist in fact, but I will pray for Mandela today, and pray for South Africa, and all of Africa, and all of the African diaspora, pray for the whole world in fact.
Posted by Fnarf on December 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
There is now a Vacant Chair.…
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on December 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
He'll be deeply missed. Rest in peace, Madiba.
Posted by venomlash on December 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM · Report this
disintegrator 14
So it goes.
Posted by disintegrator on December 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Report this
RIP Nelson, you were truly one of the most iconic people of our time.
Posted by NW_Rider_79 on December 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 16
He couldn't live forever, but it is still sad to see him go. He was unquestionably one of the greatest humans to live during my lifetime.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on December 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Report this
Such a shame the American left didn't learn from Mr. Mandela and sought instead to punish whites for their past deeds.
Posted by Winnie M. on December 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Of course, Mr. Mandela's other great legacy was rejecting the communism of his youth and keeping South African capitalism alive by not nationalizing the economy.
Posted by Winnie M. on December 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this

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