Everybody knows who Nelson Mandela is. I would assume 90% of people on earth who have access to any kind of media know who Nelson Mandela is.
What I think a lot of us don't know well however, is how he started his activism as a very angry young man. During the early Africanism movement, in the face of their actions having little or no effect on the establishment, Mandela became very pro violence. He beleived that it was the only way forward despite being discouraged by his close friends and comrades. After visiting The Nelson Mandela Capture site today and learning more about the early years of his life, I can't help but wonder, should he not have been captured, convicted and imprisoned, if a spiral of violence would have ensured creating a very different outcome for the South African people,
Of course his 27 year incarceration was in itself a crime against humanity, it is worth mentioning that others convicted of the same crime did their time on Robbin Island for the entire period of their sentence, while Mandela spent a good chunk of his prison term housed in much more generous surroundings. Behind razor wire for sure, but definitely in a much better situation than most of his fellow colleagues.
I don't beleive for a minute that he should have spent 27 years of his life behind bars, but I do wonder what his actions might have been should he have proceeded down the path he was walking. Walking to freedom, the long way will remain a difinitive quality of his life but ultimately did it save his life?? Would he have been here to help in the advances of the cause or would he have been a vicitim of the violence he so virulently supported?