Saintly Pragmatism

Several recent reflections on the “long walk” of Nelson Mandela have quoted him on leaving anger behind so as not to give his jailers the victory: for example, “resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” A twist on this came from former Gates Foundation chief executive Patty Stonesifer, who was recently quoted in the NYT recalling Mandela’s response to being asked why he was not more angry. “If I thought it would be useful I would be.”


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