After finally finishing Nelson Mandela’s book A Long Walk To Freedom, my perspective about South Africa has shifted significantly. The first thing that really blew me away about Mandela is his extremely willingness to forgive and move forward for the betterment of South Africa. After spending the amount of time in prison at Robin Island, i can’t imagine how he managed to remove all hatred from his heart. The resilience of Nelson Mandela is something to be admired and honored. The reason he has had such a great impact on the people around him is because of his ability to see beyond his own circumstances. Nelson Mandela always kept in mind the grand perspective of the people of South Africa and the best for his country.
The second thing that amazed me was the impact that Nelson Mandela had on a nation that was divided and corrupt. His ability to lead a people who had been divided by an apartheid for years, found a way to pull everyone one together. He helped make the people of South Africa come together and be proud to be a South African. Mandela empowered every person whether black, white, or oriental to have pride in their country.
Reading the book changed my perspective about South Africa because i never really knew about the tension between the races. As an American i never realized that racial tension extended beyond America. It is amazing to see the how South African people and American people moved past their differences and see the bigger perspective.