Monday, June 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela Still In Critical Condition

It is amazing to me that Nelson Mandela is still alive. This is a man who is 94 years old and I feel like he has lived everyone of those 94 years and then some. To think of where he was 40 years ago and where his country was and to see what happened, in large part, because of him and you have to be in awe. What he has done for his country and for the world is something you probably will never see happen again in our lifetimes. His family says that he is in critical condition after being admitted two weeks ago for a lung infection and that they will let God decide when it is time for Nelson to die and will not take him off life support.

18 comments:

auntliddy said...

Good journey my friend.

Iceberg said...

I think his family should get to decide whatever comforts them, but it's ridiculous to say that it's God's decision when he's on artificial life support.

just curious said...

I guess the post was a comp for not acknowledging MLK's anniversary back in April, huh Entity?

Kels said...

He lived a wonderful life. Mourn him do not. Miss him do not.
Sorry for the star wars reference, but sometimes Yoda is right. I feel good about this death. I want to celebrate his life. I can honestly say I rarely feel that way about death cause it's such a scary thing. But he lived to see the change he wanted and that's all that matters. He must be at peace.

Hurricane Tiffany said...

That's exactly what I was thinking...

timebob said...

He will live on in memory and word far longer than any of us for generations to come.

He is one amazing man that changed the world through deed and word not violence.

car54 said...

He's had an amazing life and has made a huge difference in other's lives.

I can understand his family wanting to keep him alive, but I hope he is not suffering.

nudibelle said...

whatever happened to the winnie bio pic jennifer hudson did?

you think his hoes are there fighting for bedside turns?
i wish one my husbands lil side HUSSYs would show face at his bedside. TUH!
he going to die right next to my ass

just curious said...

FYI, Mandela divorced Winnie and re-married a third time to another woman.

Kels said...

Not the place or time.

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Perhaps someone should fly Oscar the RI nursing home cat down to South Africa? If he hops up on the bed, maybe that would convince the family...

(Sorry, but the way my family copes with sad things is with our exceedingly dark sense of humor; it's harder to cry when you're laughing, you know.)

Anyway, I understand the family (and the nation) not wanting to let him go, but he's lived an incredible, long life and accomplished so much over the course of it--really, I don't think we'll ever see anyone quite like him doing what he did with the set of circumstances with which he contended again in this lifetime--and IMO he's earned his rest in a far better place than this, and I can't help but feel that they just need to let him pass peacefully. (He's probably still hanging on because he knows they aren't ready to let him go; people have hung in there for amazing periods of time waiting for "permission", as it were. I certainly hope he's not suffering right now.)

auntliddy said...

Robin, that cat is spooky. Id get rid of it.

8=====D - RememberKermitGosnell said...

Not trolling:
I wish him the best for his life, but (this is what you will think is trolling, but is only the truth) he maybe the only person whose inning in jail made him a better person. He was put inside because he put a bomb in a bus/train station. When he was there, he learned to love everybody while his wife was "necklacing" (wikipedia it if you want to feel "happy") people. He left prison, divorced the serial killer and became president. It's true that changed the best and richest country in Africa into the World Champion of rapes, but he is good willed, not evil as zuma, malema and all the people who followed him. God wants repentants of evil deeds, so they will meet in Heaven.

Anna Nonymous said...

It sounds like they should let him go and they know it. If they were letting God decide why would they have man's machines keeping him alive?

Suileabháin said...

Saying that a man's death who is on life support is letting "God decide" is as hypocritical as the women that have litters of multiple children via artificial means saying it's "God's decision" for them to have multiples...seems to me it was "God's" decision for those couples to be barren. People just love to run their mouths about "God" until they have an ACTUAL problem...then it's medical SCIENCE they put their so-called faith in.

auntliddy said...

Suile- i think the same thing but was too lazy to type it!! Thank you and amen sister!

Mhdz said...

Thinking of you Madiba.

Goodnight said...

I hear about this all the time working at a hospital. Families who don't have the courage and strength to say yes to turning off life support assuaging their guilt by claiming it's in god's hands.

It's a terrible call to have to make, and it takes a LOT of strength and compassion to go through with it. Some people just aren't that brave.