Nelson Mandelaby Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-12-12
FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Nelson Mandela--a man
who leaves South Africa and the world a better place for his presence.
From a childhood herding cattle to an adulthood fighting for his people's freedom, Mandela's 95 years are a testament to the power of a single life to change the course of history.
And the arc of Mandela's life bends towards peace.
There are many ways to change the world.
And too often, the world is changed: By war By violence By conflict But Mandela took the road less traveled and changed the world with his commitment: To freedom for his oppressed people To equality for all people--oppressed and oppressors alike And ultimately to peace for a country deeply wounded by conflict.
From the prison walls of Robben Island to the halls of Pretoria and beyond, Mandela was only human but exemplified super-human courage.
But he was admittedly not a perfect man. And it is his imperfections that bring us closer to him.
And enable us to follow in his footsteps.
His legacy of reconciliation and forgiveness can live on in each one of us when we, too, take the road less traveled and act in the name of justice and in the name of peace.
Let us learn from Nelson Mandela and write the narrative of our lives with Justice Equality And peace.
As Mandela said, ``When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.'' Now is your time to rest in peace, Madiba.
As we honor you by promoting peace in our words, actions and deeds.