The Philosophy Of Nelson Mandela

05/11/10 Robert Lorei
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Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned in South Africa for 27 years for opposing the apartheid regime, and who later became democratic South Africa’s first elected President, is a hero, revered throughout the world.

The tenets that have guided his life and shaped his journey are now compiled in a book called Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel, editor of TIME magazine.

For almost 3 years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know mqany different sides of Mandela.

I spoke with Richard Stengel and asked him about Mandela’s commitment to non-violence and whether he had always been committed to non-violence.

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