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Archive for December, 2013

The Death of Nelson Mandela, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” Edition

So, a few days, when Nelson Mandela passed, I was trying to explain his importance to my seven-year-old. The big guy listened very carefully and attentively, and then said, “That’s great, but I think that Martin Luther King is better.” Suppressing a smile, I told him that it’s not a contest and comparing them isn’t really fair. For one thing, I pointed out, Nelson Mandela continued to live and do his important work long after MLK had been shot and killed. Mandela was inspired and informed by MLK’s work. Furthermore, MLK himself was inspired and informed by Gandhi. He asked who Gandhi was inspired by, and I replied that I don’t know much about him, but I think of him as the father of non-violent resistance and civil rights movements.

So, a couple of days pass. Clearly he’s been thinking about it (good), because today, out of the blue, he tells me, “I think that Gandhi was inspired by his own heart, and his heart was inspired by God.” Awww. He told me that while I was driving, I had a hard time with the tears welling up in my eyes!