…who passed away today at the well-deserved age of 95. i don’t really believe in idolizing our fellow man, because we all have flaws (some just hide them better than others); instead i’d just encourage highlighting particular attributes and being inspired accordingly. mandela has been a hero of mine for a long time now though, a man who possessed so much moral fortitude that he not only transcended south africa’s apartheid history/government from an intellectual-philosophical standpoint, but also ultimately did so physically-politically as well. from TWENTY SEVEN YEARS in prison to a world icon. as i noted earlier this year….MLK, gandhi, mandela, malcolm x, cesar chavez….these people were called terrorists, rebels, infidels, and criminals. instigators at best. even in the music world, you’ve got artists like fela kuti, bob marley to a lesser degree, frank zappa, 2pac, even igor stravinsky, erik satie, so many more…their obscene irreverence was used as a condemnation instead of ultimate praise. look at the light that history shines upon these men today. truth and righteousness can never truly be suppressed.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."