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