Nelson Mandela: ethical life celebration

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
-Nelson Mandela-

I was inspired to create this graphite drawing of Nelson Mandela in celebration of what I view as secular ethics in living practice.  I have read the book “Long Walk to Freedom” and since viewed the movie that was based on it both of which tell of Nelson Mandela’s life.  In the face of such hardship and racial discrimination not to mention the decades of incarceration as a political prisoner his patience and ethical discernment are a commendable example to all.

During his term as President, his efforts to introduce and implement policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa were an outstanding achievement.  His many other humanitarian efforts include peace negotiations and campaigning against HIV/AIDS.  This Nobel Peace Prize winner has through his charisma, disarming sense of humor and complete lack of bitterness, generated global veneration.

 As I worked on this portrait I felt a reassuring calm wash over me knowing that in the world there are people who rise above the despicable rattle and hum of racism and remain ethically intact.  I have upon studying his life, his struggles, his sacrifices and his steady unshakable sensibility, learned a valuable lesson.  That is to say, I have given my head a shake….don’t sweat the small stuff, remain calmly who you are ethically and remember all humanity has promise.

Today’s “stone” is  Day 117  celebration, hope, promise, living ethics


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