Archive for January, 2014

A Lesson from the recent History

January 19, 2014

Mandiba

Already at Nelson Mandelas funeral it was clear that he will be remembered by the world as a one-of-a-billion hero, so let us not forget what made him special: he fought for freedom and justice by challenging the dominant power.

He started the fight with non-violent protests, became a political prisoner and spent the years from 1962-1990 in jail. He was branded as a terrorist by the South African apartheid regime and thus he became the very symbol for injustice, the spark needed to start a fire spreading by itself. When he was released the world had changed.

"Mandiba" is a true fairy-tale, a lesson from the recent history that tell us that some enemies of today likely will become the heroes of tomorrow. An interesting thing is that we already can assume who they are: those who fight for freedom and justice by challenging the dominant power. Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Pussy Riot, just to name-drop a few. They are not going to be seen as terrorists in the future.