Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Does it really matter if Nelson Mandela dies, as long as Morgan Freeman is still alive?

And what does this say about the line between reality and film?

Before you criticize me for publishing this now, keep in mind that all (!) the newspapers have already written their obituaries for Nelson Mandela. They are just waiting for the news to come in so that they can press the “publish” button.

Nelson Mandela prisonNelson Mandela is a great man. But he is 94 years old and he spent 27 of those years in prison. Of course his health is frail and he will pass away soon. Realising and accepting this is the more dignified way to handle the inevitable than “to pray” or to put hope in other voodoo practices or to claim that a nation’s future will be threatened if one old man will stop breathing.

He lived to see the results of his struggle. I don’t know what more one can expect from life.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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5 Responses to Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

  1. Hello Andreas, INVICTUS was a good film and Morgan Freeman did a good job, as far as I can judge, but what Nelson Mandela did during his life certainly goods far beyond of what most of us did in their lives and I also think that his life has come to an end but I’m also convinced, despite the fact that he is old, that he gives his people still a lot of strength. Being old,does not mean that life has become senseless! Best regards

  2. Well said. Thanks for saying it.

  3. Petra Petra says:

    This is a great sentiment: “He lived to see the results of his struggle. I don’t know what more one can expect from life.” – I love that. I’d just suggest you change “except” to “expect” ;)

  4. Kavita Joshi says:

    Life is a celebration but death is a end of this movie that should be seen as an ending of this phase and should not be mourned for people who have lived a full life :) That’s what I believe.

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