Belief, Freedom and Success (Case : Nelson Mandela)

Freedom is an inert desire of homo-sapiens irrespective of race, colour, gender and social status.

History is replete with stories of men and women who fought gallantly for the liberation and freedom of their country, race, ethnic nationality, family, organisations and so on. Motivated for different reasons, these men and women at the expense of their own lives fought to be free from any form of enslavement. They tenaciously held on to their beliefs and fought to the death for the course they believed and lived for. Nothing else in the world mattered to them. They were resolute, focused, undeterred and unrepentant in their quest.

Engaging my ever inquisitive mind, I have often wondered about these heroes and heroines; what really was/is their motivation and driving force, how did they become so convinced about their quest? Even when no one else believed or shared their sentiments yet they were willing and ready to fight alone. It baffles me to know that some fought for several years and decades. Even when the impossibility of ever winning the war beamed like light on their faces, yet will they not give up on their pursuit.

Let’s take the lines below, to examine a selected few of these great minds and their exploits, giving you a picture of their personality and mentality.

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The great legend Nelson Rohlilahla Mandela of South Africa is a house hold name. Famous even in death because he was an ardent freedom fighter. He staked his life and fought gallantly against apartheid and for the freedom of the blacks in South Africa.

So much to be said about this hero; you can do a personal study on his life but let me provoke your mind a little with just a few of his numerous quotes.


I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment for with freedom come responsibilities and I dare not linger for my long walk is not over.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I don’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.

I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepaid to die.

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

Let’s recommit to work towards our common goal; A nation where all of us are winners, all of us have shelter, food and education.

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

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