Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): The End of an Era
In our time of utter moral decadence, he was the only statesman to stand for a higher level of human relationship in the political sphere.
- Albert Einstein, on the death of Mahatma Gandhi.
Sadly, today there does not exist anyone of the moral stature of an Albert Einstein to eulogize the passing of South Africa’s liberator and president, Nelson Mandela. Born a member of the royal family of the Xhosa indigenous nation, Mandela’s struggle to end South Africa’s brutal Apartheid system–mostly conducted behind bars during his 27 years in prison–made him such a global symbol for human rights that the government was forced to set him free in 1990.