“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Today, a champion of peace and love moved onto the next part of his journey. Through Apartheid, jail, illness, and age he remained a outspoken advocate of harmony and working together. He will be missed. Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela exemplified Compassion, Humility, and Simplicity of Life.
“He always made his own bed, no matter where we traveled. I remember we were in Shanghai, in a very fancy hotel, and the Chinese hospitality requires that the person who cleans your room and provides you with your food, does exactly that. If you do it for yourself, it could even be regarded as an insult.
So in Shanghai I tried to say to him, ‘Please don’t make your own bed, because there’s this custom here.’ And he said, ‘Call them, bring them to me.’
So I did. I asked the hotel manager to bring the ladies who would be cleaning the room, so that he could explain why he himself has to make his own bed, and that they not feel insulted. He didn’t ever want to hurt people’s feelings. He never really cared about what great big people think of him, but he did care about what small people thought of him.”-Deputy Secretary-General (South Africa), Jessie Durate. Secretary Durate served as Mr. Mandela’s personal assistant from 1990-94 (Time World, 06 Dec 2013, Kharunya Paramaguru)