There will be much written today about the accomplishments and memory of Nelson Mandela. It is all, obviously, well deserved. His life, sacrifices and accomplishment are an inspiration to anyone who values equality and human rights.
Something I plan to do today is spend some time thinking about how far we have come since the early 1980s in recognizing basic equality, across races and more recently, across sexual orientation. But we are still a long way from a society that truly respects diversity and one that values equality and tolerance. We still fall way too easily into our clannish mentality, and allow minor religious and cultural differences to seed deep hatred.
Today we should celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life as a work in progress; a life that captures an aspiration for equality and respect that we all have a collective responsibility in ensuring that it lives on through others.