Nelson Mandela: The Man for the Common Good

Today the world bewails the death of Nelson Mandela – a great man committed to perennial principles of human dignity, solidarity and dialogue.

Kamran Mofid, Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, wrote an obituary to which we respectfully join.

Executive Committee,
WPF “Dialogue of Civilization”

Nelson Mandela

Today we at Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI) mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela - a brave and inspirational champion of human rights, humility, justice, dialogue, cooperation, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the common good.

Nelson Mandela appreciated knowledge, wisdom and education. He cherished freedom and the ability of an individual to contribute to the whole of society. He always said that a good head and a good heart is always a formidable combination. And, he often measured a society by the way it treats its children, and the weakest members of the community.

He was the epitome of selflessness, grace and dignity. Rather than personal gain, he devoted his life to working on behalf of the common good. He was a once-in-a-lifetime, transformational figure.

By the force of his amazing personality, his incredible achievements, his sweeping vision, his enormous generosity and his admirable values, Nelson Mandela's presence served -- and will continue to serve -- as a beacon for all those who believed in the power of goodness eventually overcoming divisive evil.

Thank you very much Nelson Mandela- The Man for the Common Good - for all the good that you delivered to so many, and for all those that you helped, both in South Africa and well beyond. We are deeply indebted to you. We will never forget you.

I can only say that Africa and the world have lost a great leader, a friend and mentor. I am praying in my own way for Nelson Mandela and I ask The Almighty to ensure his continuous love, affection, guidance and wisdom for us all to continue his work and vision to do all we do in the interest of the common good.  May God grant him eternal rest; he was, in the old idiom, a lovely man, who if required may still be a peacemaker in heaven.