Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Passing Of Nelson Mandela

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the giant of justice in our modern world, I was moved to think about his legacy and, by extension, what comprises a positive legacy for anyone, whether he or she be an anonymous, everyman or everywoman, or a citizen of the world as was Mr. Mandela. And, though this will hardly come as a revelation to most folks, I think any lasting, positive legacy (as much as there can be one in a seemingly amoral and absurd universe) is based on one very "simple" thing: How many moments of kindness, compassion, and affection you gave to those you spent your life with. And, as basic as that might sound, it is perhaps the hardest thing in the world to succeed at from moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day.