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Man­dela per­son­i­fied tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the lib­er­a­tion of the self. He con­ceded that when he went to prison at the age of 44, he was a male chau­vin­ist. He emerged more than 27 years later as a strong be­liever in equal rights for women. Years of read­ing, study, re­flec­tion and de­bate had en­abled him to free him­self from the shack­les of prej­u­dice.

Man­dela also learnt from his own ex­pe­ri­ences. Dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion, he saw his pain as a way to learn about “the other” and he made it a space within which he learnt the lan­guage of the op­pres­sor, a learn­ing crit­i­cal to his later role as leader of ne­go­ti­a­tions. Sim­i­larly, we all have it within us to lib­er­ate our­selves and to turn to our own ex­pe­ri­ences to bet­ter un­der­stand the other.

LIB­ER­ATE YOUR­SELF THROUGH EDUCATION, RE­FLEC­TION AND EM­PA­THY

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