As a young man, Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary firebrand. The apartheid government of South Africa imprisoned him.

Video clip source: Movie – Invictus

Instead of turning bitter and vengeful, in Nelson Mandela’s own words:

“In prison all of my jailers were Afrikaners. For 27 years I studied them. I learned their language. Read their books, their poetry. I had to know my enemy before I could prevail against him and we did prevail, did we not? Our enemy is no longer the Afrikaner. They are our fellow South Africans. Our partners in democracy and they treasure Springbok Rugby. If we take that away, we lose them. We prove that we are what they feared we would be. We have to be better than that. We have to surprise them with compassion, with restraint and generosity. I know, all of the things they denied us but this is no time to celebrate petty revenge. This is the time to build our nation using every single brick available to us.”

Instead of radicalizing him, prison transformed him – into a revered world leader.

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