Nelson Mandela once said: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” July is Mandela month and 18 July is international Mandela day. People across the globe are urged to do good things and show love to humanity. However, doing good and showing love is not restricted to one day or one month for that matter. It is therefore pivotal to show moral values and love beyond Mandela day.
There is nothing wrong in centralizing the celebration of Mandela legacy in to one day or month. The only wrong part of this issue is to reduce this day and month into another talk shop or a showing ‘Ubuntu/vumunhu’ because it was imposed on us by the powers that be. We must strive to maintain the highest degree of humanity in our everyday lives if we are to honor the legacy of the founding father of our young democracy. Showing love should be an everyday thing and celebrated in all walks of love.
Mandela taught us to love one another everyday not for one day. If we are to say we have embraced and honored his legacy, we must therefore show love and good deeds on a daily basis. Hate is a stubborn ghost that is refusing to be laid to rest even though Tata Mandela paved a way for us to dismantle it. It will depend on our preparedness to fight hate in the human mind if we are to say we are following the footsteps of our all-time hero. It seems impossible until it is done. Making everyday a Mandela day is necessary in our quest to build a non-sexist, non-racial, equal and just society.