Nearly 60 years later, Nelson Mandela, another great man known for leading South Africa into the light of civilization, education and unity with his strongly anti-apartheid beliefs, spoke these words upon being released from prison: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.”
Citing one leader to describe another, I’d like to assert on the fact that forgiveness is not a quality of the weak of heart and it is not a path that is easy to choose. It is a quality of the perseverant, the lion hearted, the bold and the brave. It is not something that belittles an individual; in fact, it is something that elevates them above others.
This writing, however, is not simply about forgiveness. It is not about Mahatma Gandhi either, because this writing doesn’t sing praises about a certain revolution, as writings based on legendary leaders so often do. Rather, it sings praises of a certain kind of evolution. The evolution of the mind, the evolution of thought, the evolution of beliefs and the evolution of a country. Led by one man. Nelson Mandela."