How Nelson Mandela Encouraged His Country to Move On

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S. Lewis once said, “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” Nelson Mandela helped his country cross the monkey bars from apartheid to democracy, from Once a left-wing extremist, Mandela’s 27 years in prison taught him that the only way his country would survive and thrive was if his people learned to forgive and move on. A willingness to forgive can be all it takes to unite a fiercely divided country.
The new South African government, led by President Mandela, addressed the “need for understanding but not for vengeance, a need for reparation but not for retaliation, a need for ubuntu but not for victimisation” (Volmink 191). Ubuntu, a Bantu word meaning, “I am because you are,” expresses the concept that our humanity is inherently bound up with one another. Volmink, argues that we can never be complete as human beings as long as we are alienated from one another (191).
As part of the beginning of the post-apartheid era, Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which “promoted reconciliation as an ideal, not only for nation-building, but also for individual healing” (Muiu 137). This idea for a safe environment in which both victims and perpetrators could vent and share their stories without judgement gave the commission it’s power. All participants were guided toward reconciliation and some were…
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