Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Nelson Mandela And Transformation

Napa Valley, California, USA

July 1, 2002



This essay, Nelson Mandela And Transformation, is the companion piece to Standing With.

It is also the second in an open group on Transformation:
  1. Transformation
  2. Nelson Mandela And Transformation:
  3. The Way Of Transformation
  4. Transformation: The Life And Legacy Of Werner Erhard
  5. Moment Of Truth
  6. Transformation II
  7. No Line
  8. Transformation Is Timeless
  9. Transforming Life Itself: A Completely Started Inquiry
  10. Transformation Is Accountability Plus Committed Speaking
so far, in that order.

It is also the first in a group of fourteen on People: It is also the prequel to Troublemaker: Nelson Mandela And Transformation II.

I am indebted to Nelson Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Madiba Tata (uBawom)Khulu Mandela who inspired this conversation.




Nelson Mandela
There's a lot to love about Nelson Mandela, and the thing I love about him most was expressed in an almost dismissed remark I heard him make when some overly enthusiastic TV news interviewer went on and on and on about how Nelson had transformed South Africa. I mean, he was literally slathering Nelson with acknowledgment, like you would put chocolate syrup on an ice cream sundae. It was almost embarrassing.

After a while Nelson said "You don't get it, do you? Nothing of what happened in South Africa was the work of any one individual. The transformation of South Africa came out of a partnership between many, many people.".

That for me is who Nelson Mandela really is.



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