I’m sorry Huck, and I appreciate your concern. It’s the height of my busiest time of the year and my dashboard is full of titles and first sentences. The Teahouse remains open even as my life evolves into places I never imagined. But yes, the passing of such a man has occupied my thoughts for days and I do have things to say, so thank you for asking, my friend. It’s good to know somebody cares.
For 27 years the Great Christian Leaders of the world ignored the man in the prison as they supported his captors with wealth and arms; when citizens of conscience would demand action they were told the prisoner was a terrorist and a communist. The only reason he made any alliance with Communists in the first place was because all of the Great Christian Leaders turned their backs on him and the only reason the Soviets honored him was to embarrass the Great Christian Leaders, not because Mandela was ever enthusiastic in his embrace of the nonsense of dialectical materialism. His terrorism was sabotage against a government that murdered the schoolchildren of Soweto; an atrocity that the Great Christian Leaders accepted as just one of those things.
He freed his people. He forgave his oppressors. He founded a nation.
He can finally rest in peace.