Monday, June 24, 2013

Rolihlahla: Tugging at the branches of a tree

As Nelson Mandela is preparing for transition, I enjoyed discovering the meaning of his real name:  Rolihlahla: Tugging at the branches of a tree.                                                                                     He was tugging at the branches of the tree of life to yield its fruits: Liberty, peace and justice for all. Let his patience inspire us all. Here are the final words in his four-and-a-half-hour-long speech at the Rivonia Trial. 

"I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve but, if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." 

He wasn't sentenced to death but spent 27 years in prison...

He must have read Henry David Thoreau: "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." 

The Wiki page in French refers to the CIA's involvement in Mandela's arrest in 1962.
It doesn't appear in the English Wiki page. A little research about the subject is very enlightening, especially these days. Let's tug at the branches! 

 "It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world." he declared at a Johny Clegg's concert in 1999.

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