It’s fairly rare for me to stray away from the ordinary Club Penguin-related post, but today marks a very special day: Nelson Mandela Day, on what would’ve been his 101st birthday, though he tragically died in December 2013.
Nelson Mandela, or Madiba, has been a worldwide inspiration as he strived for equality through dismantling South Africa’s racist segregation, and fighting against oppression and poverty across the world.
However, whilst Nelson Mandela managed to achieve so much in his lifetime, a lot of the challenges which the world faces are sadly far from being conquered…but that is the purpose of Mandela Day, and the reason why it is so important.
Many, predominantly in South Africa, would be dedicating 67 (the number of years Mandela spent fighting for justice) minutes to improving the world around them. In fact, Mandela Day focuses on several aspects, particularly #ActionAgainstPoverty.
Whilst it can often seem that we’re some distance from ever achieving this, Mandela demonstrated the power of individuals to make a difference, and really make the world a better place.
Regardless of how small or large your kind deed is, that is what the spirit of Mandela Day is about: healing the world.
We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.
When intolerance, poverty and conflict continue to scar the world, it’s more crucial than ever that we attempt to do what we can to heal it, especially by showing love, kindness and compassion in the face of evil and complicity whenever we can.
Happy Mandela Day,