And then, the circus
This is the beginning of the myth-making. The myths are and will be many, potentially as many as there are mouths to express them. You will be plucked, yet again, from the earth. Some, I believe, will even try and make a God of you.
From rural breast to rustic rest
“He wouldn't have breakfast. He would leave his house at 5:30, surrounded by these body guards, and it was quite cool in the morning in Transkei, and he would pick a direction to go from his house that he remembered from when he was a boy. He would follow those paths, and we would always come within about a half an hour to some tiny little village. And this was the most remote place on earth, and at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning, he would knock on the doors of these rondavels (traditional houses) and say, ‘Good morning’…What was amazing to me, was that almost half the time, the people didn't know who he was… He, what is that French expression [plus royaliste que le roi]—is more royal than the king, more kingly than the king.”
One man cried while remembering how he is now able to do a simple thing like walk down a street when he would have previously been denied. Another who was on the other side of the fence thanked you: “I was an indoctrinated racist…you changed my mind, you changed my life!”
It is normally in times of play that we embody the vision of the Rainbow. Today, perhaps for the first time in our short history, we are a Rainbow united through shared grief. And you should hear it Tata, it is heavenly! The shared song and unified clapping, the many dancing as one...
But, perhaps the words of the young, always close to your heart, are the most fitting today.
The reverberation that your physical passing has created in many hearts is the greatest testament to a life well lived. It is grander than any honourific, parade, statute, or marble-clad monument. In this way you are alive today in ways that you could never be in human form.
You are so much more than just a man, but you are, for me, a model of what it means to be a man.
Grace before greed
In my understanding of you, what is most profound is your knowing that what is internal is infinitely more powerful than anything external. And that is why, to me, you shine a light on my search to understand what it means to be a man.
"You may find that the cell is an ideal place to get to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings. In judging our progress as individuals we tend to focus on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education… but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being: honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, purity, generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve your fellow men -- qualities within the reach of every soul -- are the foundations of one's spiritual life… At least if nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you…You may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative factors in your life, but the tenth attempt may reap rich rewards. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying."