Still alive? Yes, because the spirit of this one special person lives on in the millions of people who admire him. Today is Mandela day, but the result of his endless struggle can still be felt daily, especially in South Africa. And globally, he has become the symbol of someone who has shown through his wits, feelings and patience that change is always possible, no matter how dire the circumstances seem.
He gets a place of honor in our hall of fame in between those such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi. Let us never forget how impossible anti-social, unscrupulous, cruel and pathetic the apartheid policy in South Africa was. Such as it was too in India, the USA and actually, when we look back through recent history, the Western world.