Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Nelson Mandela Inspires

Nelson Mandela died today.

One of the quotes that was floating around among my FB friends moved me to the core:

“I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

These are lapidary words, worth keeping at the forefront of one’s brains to remember that he waged what must have been a crushing battle against despair while in prison, separated from his movement and the woman he loved, never knowing whether he would be reunited with either.

He did not succumb to despair, even after he left prison to learn that the love of his life had taken on a lover. They became estranged. He moved on.

Like Lincoln, he suffered most gravely.

Like Lincoln, he triumphed most greatly.

Now, he too belongs to the ages.

RIP.

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