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Nelson Mandela


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Nelson Mandela was born on 18th July 1918 and is best known as a peace campaigner, anti-apartheid activist and as the former President of South Africa.

Before becoming President, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for crimes that included sabotage, which he committed during his struggle against apartheid.

Initially Nelson Mandela was committed to non-violent activism, in the style of Gandhi whom he admired. Later he endorsed more violent action as peaceful struggle failed.

This is a common feature of blue. By and large most are peaceful people but when enough is enough they can explode. Blue is inward motion, it also incorporates the traditional role of the shepherd. Traditional roles fulfill specific tasks needed by society in order to flourish.

Everyone has a survival instinct which is designed to protect us from danger. The most common dangers that have been faced in the past are instinctive reactions in the present. This occurs because nature believes they are likely to occur again. Inside the blue survival instinct are the memories and reactions to the most common dangers faced, performing the traditional role of the shepherd. Collective experience repeating itself is called a life theme.

A number of blue life themes can be seen in Nelson Mandela’s story. First was his desire for a united and peaceful country - a South Africa that thought of itself as one community rather than a nation at war with itself. Second was his willingness to adopt more radical and aggressive measures once he reached the limits of his patience.

His story of imprisonment is also characteristically blue. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island, where he remained for the next eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison. Here he was forced into hard labor in a lime quarry under grueling conditions. The prison itself was Spartan and basic with black political prisoners receiving the fewest privileges of all.

Most would crumble under pressure and hardship like this, but Nelson Mandela survived. Not just due to his strength of will but also because he is blue. The ability to remain isolated and to withdraw energy into the interior, where others could never reach it, is a blue characteristic and it helped Nelson Mandela survive in an environment where many others would perish. His refusal to accept any conciliatory offer and his ability to hold fast to what he wanted is an example of the stubbornness many blue people have.

Other people rally around blue. When they are in trouble others are willing to offer their support because blue often do the same. Nelson Mandela was arrested and imprisoned, charged as an enemy of the state. On the 11th February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after a global outcry that could not be ignored. His release was broadcast live all over the world. In a speech to the nation he reaffirmed his commitment to reconciliation and would later lead the first multi-racial election.

Nelson Mandela’s home life is another blue story, with six children, twenty grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

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