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I didn't get the impression he was leading the song.Thank you!
Well I have a different opinion of him
Melinda and I admired Nelson Mandela, as the world did, for his courageous stand against apartheid. But we came to know him personally for a different reason: the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He was especially powerful in speaking out against stigma. In many countries, especially in the early years of the HIV epidemic, there was a lot of misinformation about how the virus was passed. Some people were afraid to touch a person with HIV.
President Mandela knew how damaging that was. He knew it made fighting the epidemic harder, and it wrecked the lives of people suffering from the disease. He also knew the stigma was just based on fear and ignorance. He thought he could make a difference by teaching people the facts.
On Webmasterworld we have folks from all sorts of backgrounds and faiths, beliefs and non beliefs, minority interests and views. We have small business persons and big business persons. They come from poor nations and rich nations. Some are well , some are not. Some are conventional and some are not. Who cares. It's the substance of the intent that counts in bringing us together, not just for self benefit, but by making this a happier place to interact and build knowledge.
So in the context of that, and in the context of Madiba's far higher calling, I stand firm in my applause of a man who represented, in such a dignified way, the reconciliation of a divided nation, and a divided World.
...... And I never met the man, but know plenty who did. Wish I had, but so do millions of others. Touched.