Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage [Richard Stengel, Nelson are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic. An Excerpt from Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel. "Some call it a blind spot, others naivete, but Mandela sees.
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During his lifetime Mandela inspired us with his numerous words of wisdom, etched in our memories till tomorrow. And his words remain evergreen: I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.
There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.
That way lays defeat and death. In fact, you know, there was a moment when the white government offered him his release. This is long before and the '80s. If he renounced the military struggle, and he famously did not, and one of his daughters read his remarks at a speech in Soweto that said, you know, had that famous line that only free men can negotiate.
And that's the basis in which he rejected being released from prison early.
If you'd like to ask about how the great man became the great man, give us a call, Email us: talk npr. Let's go to Jesse ph. Jesse with us from Hartford in Connecticut. How are you? I am curious to know that your guest can comment with South Africa is coming into the international spotlight with the upcoming FIFA games in What is the legacy that is left behind and sort of what will be the discussion as the world is sort of refocused on South Africa once again?
What is the legacy that people will be discussing? Jesse, it's a good and fair question. And - I mean, there really - there wouldn't be a World Cup in South Africa this year if the legacy of Nelson Mandela wasn't the fact that he united the country.
He prevented what he thought was possibly imminent, which was a civil war between, you know, white conservatives and black freedom fighters. And he felt the country was really on the knife edge of a civil war when he got out.
And it was basically his great achievement that he united the country, that he basically said, you know, to the South African whites, hey, let's keep the past behind us. He said to the, you know, to the great rank and file of his own voters, you know, let's be patient and let's move together. We - you know, this is a great rainbow nation of all different colors and we have to move together with one person, one vote democracy.
I mean, that's his great legacy. And, you know, the nation has been pretty successful economically since then. I mean, it does have some very, you know, difficult structural problems, a very high HIV rate, a high crime rate, but it really did exceed expectations, particularly those who thought the country would descend into a civil war. And it had never been a situation like what happened in South Africa before. How much of that was true? And part of learning about, you know, the Afrikaan, you know, the white South African, basically, who had imposed apartheid on that country was that their favorite sport was rugby.
And, you know, Mandela always said to appeal to people, you have to appeal to their head and their heart.
And him understanding rugby, embracing rugby, was a way of appealing to the Afrikaner's heart, and he hoped the heart of the nation. And so it became a kind of symbol and even metaphor for what Mandela was trying to achieve as a whole.
So I mean, the basic truth of it, I think, is absolutely correct and fair. We think of Nelson Mandela as, if anything else, utterly fearless, and according to what you write, nothing could be further from the truth. STENGEL: Well, he - you know, one of the things, Neal, that I found so fascinating and amazing when I was talking to him - and we did many, many, many hours of interviews for "Long Walk to Freedom" - was he would often say, you know, I was terrified or I was very scared that the guard was going to assault me or - he was constantly saying or often said, you know, that he was feeling fear.
And at first, I just thought it was amazing. I mean, here is one of the greatest heroes of 20th century, one of the greatest heroes ever, expressing this fear. And I would ask him about it, and he would say, well, Richard, it's - it would be irrational not to be afraid, wouldn't it? And what I realized was that part of his courage is that he would admit to being scared.
But part of his courage was him analyzing his own situation and saying, look, I'm a symbol, I'm a leader. I feel fear here, but I have to camouflage it. I have to, as he often said, put up a front. So all of - many of these occasions when other prisoners or other people or other South Africans looked up to Mandela as this fearless hero, he was, you know, feeling same kind of anxieties and fears and trepidations that we all feel, but he managed to rise above it.
I mean, that is what makes him a great hero, I think. CONAN: One of the great stories Richard Stengel tells in "Mandela's Way" is about an airplane flight that Nelson Mandela took with one of his bodyguards, a man named Mike ph , who, halfway through the flight, a twin-prop-plane, and one of the propellers stop turning, Nelson Mandela looked up from his newspaper and noticed that and told Mike to inform the pilot and went back to his newspaper.
Mike said he was utterly terrified of this, but looked at Mandela, he was just calmly reading his newspaper, landed. And then later, Richard Stengel took a car ride with Nelson Mandela, who told him, I was absolutely terrified up there. STENGEL: Now, it was - it's - and again, talking to Mike afterwards - I mean, Mike said the only thing that calmed him and he - this was probably his, you know, second or third airplane trip in his whole life - was that even while the, you know, the plane was landing, Mandela was just very calmly reading the newspaper like he was, you know, commuting in from his suburban home to the office.
And again, as Mandela said, that was him putting up a front, pretending not to be scared, and that calmed Mike and it probably calmed the pilots and calmed all the people on the ground. Let's go next to Dan ph. Dan's on the line from Wilmington, Delaware. DAN Caller : Hi. I was wondering what impact or effect did Dr.
King and the American civil rights movements of the '60s have on Nelson Mandela and his freedom struggle in South Africa? I mean, Mandela - you know, South Africa was, of course, a British colony.