By finding his freedom in grace and dignity, he was able to help bring freedom to all South Africans.
the Monitor's Editorial Board /
December 6, 2013
In his later years, one of Nelson Mandela’s biggest worries was that people would always see him as a saint. To keep him on a pedestal was to miss the point. Rather, the grace that he used to help turn a white-ruled police state into a “rainbow” democracy was not his alone. It is a universal trait, one that, long after his passing, will help South Africans – indeed all people – find a common humanity.