- Posted December 6, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nelson Mandela: Your memories
46664 means forgiveness & selflessness
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
The quizmaster further explained that Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964, and was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. The prison administration's scheme of numbering prisoners was to follow the sequence number of the prisoner (466 in his case), with the last two digits of the year (64).
That was in 1993. But that number “46664” stuck with me because reading his life story, Mandela was one of history's last great statesmen, and a moral paragon comparable with Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
I’d learned more of Mandela when I was majoring history in college. When he was elected president, he said: "Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another ... the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. Let freedom reign. God bless Africa!"
He was last seen in public at the final of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg. Early in 2011, he was taken to hospital and was visited by Michelle Obama.
Then, the next news he passed away at 95.
I didn’t meet Mandela personally but his impact to the world was amazing.
Nelson Mandela set an example for all to follow and was an inspiration of the world. The horrors he endured while in one of the worst prisons on earth would harden the heart of an average man. Many people ruin their health and their lives by taking the poison of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness, but Mandela was able to forgive the people who hurt him and lead his country.
For me 46664 also means a merciful and forgiving heart. Let us remember Mandela’s personal example with regard to the value of forgiveness and selflessness.
Hamba Kahle Madiba!