Nelson Mandela has lived a full life and to a ripe old age , leaving us peacefully at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013.
Many have attributed the positive nature of his life (which was filled with conflicts externally, but was balanced by peace and serenity internally) to Mandela’s ability to forgive.
Forgiveness is never an easy task. In fact, it is a formidable feat. To be forgiving, one has to develop a basic understanding that human nature is contradictory in nature, that we have to both collaborate and compete to survive.
People who are forgiving understand this. We need to work with others to further our progress as an individual, a family unit, a nation and as part of the global whole. In addition, we need competition as well to further stretch our limits. Individuals who understand the latter understand that overcoming obstacles, getting over setbacks, dealing with adversaries and coping with the downtime of life with the right perspectives are the norms, and these should serve as lessons, not reasons for resignation.
Nelson Mandela understands this, and success follows. We need to follow his example by being the embodiment of forgiveness, with our every behaviour and action exemplifying it.
Only then can this world be a better place for all of us.
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For example, consider the video below. They make the concept of parallel universes look easy. Quantum Physics is now within the grasp of even young students.