“For to be free is not to merely cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela knew poverty, but also was fortunate to get a good education. I think these two factors made for a formidable politician. Mandela was able to feel the plight of black South Africans, but was intelligent enough to be able to do something about it. Mandela fought for equal rights to no end. He didn’t appeal his jail sentence, and due to this won Nobel Peace Prize, Time’s Person of the Year, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Ghandi Peace Prize, among others.
This book was (somehow) completely devoid of emotion, which felt detached. But it was the facts, straight forward, so I think it was even more pressed upon me this happened. This was real, and real people had to suffer. I had my heart broken (especially when Mandela became a philanderer) and put back together again with the hope the people had to keep suffering and fighting.
It was hard to read this book, because I don’t like to be reminded of this suffering. I know it happens, but I don’t like being reminded of it. Which is why this book NEEDS to be read. Freedom comes at a cost, and the cost is big, but it is possible. Anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.