I do not put many historical figures on a pedestal since almost everyone also has serious flaws as well, but along with Lincoln, Churchill, Ghandi, Kennedy, Mother Theresa and a few others, I adore & admire Nelson Mandela.

I will not list all his accomplishments here for there are too many, but like those I have mentioned above he will go down in history as one of the great leaders humanity has produced.

I fear his days are ending and although I am not a particularly religious man I just want to offer a prayer that he survives this latest health issue. The world will indeed be a lesser place without him.

God bless you Mr. Mandela!