Steve Killelea, the man behind the Global Peace Index and Vision of Humanity, had lunch with Mandela in 1999. In his own words, Steve remembers this encounter and pays tribute to a great leader and peace activist.
"What I took away from that lunch was many stories of greatness. Sacrifices by many others pale in significance to Mandela’s. Twenty-seven years in jail did not make him bitter, instead he only leant the power of peace. Others may have learnt the words but not the actions or may have been fuelled by vengeance. Sometimes I think that the power of greatness is what happens to the character when there is little hope. He was friendly, inclusive, and intelligent and he combined it all with great humour."
"Mandela’s name will be long remembered. He certainly was one of the great leaders of the 20th century but more than that he was also a man of peace and fully committed to living a life that built the framework for an inclusive society dedicated to the benefit of all."
As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, we want to know how he has inspired you. Please leave your comments below this post and share with us the positive way in which Mandela impacted your life.Related Articles
In Uganda she was a hero who brought love to war-affected children, hope to the hopeless, and help to those who needed to rebuild their future.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.