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Mandela message still relevant in our world

Jay Lustgarten Stonington

Publication: The Day

Published 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/21/2013 10:50 PM

Sometimes it all comes together, as your Dec. 11 cover made my "Day" with "Mandela honored as 'last great liberator'," sat on top of "Newtown's year: Horror, grief and finally a tough, gradual road to recovery," with Obama shaking Cuban President R. Castro's hand on the side. The world is always bigger than ourselves. Mandela overcame personal feelings of retribution and destruction fomenting over 27 years of imprisonment for the higher ideals of peace and elevation of his oppressed citizens, something no other individual in this world could accomplish. May his legacy rain down on Newtown victim's families and friends of the departed, who confront impossibly difficult struggles every day that I only hope are becoming less impossible with the passage of time.

South Africa's black majority rule took place without civil war. Maybe next, United States and Cuba on the road to peace? Newtown families of the fallen in peaceful coexistence with the world? You've got to move in the right direction, not allow yourself to fall back , drawing strength from within knowing, as Mandella well put it: "It always seems impossible until it is done."

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