Mandela-Fast Track to Secular Global Sainthood

Madiba, Global Icon



Canadian media (CBC and CTV) have been leading an effective campaign in raising awareness of  Mandela’s positive and transformative  global impact. Coverage has been extensive and in-depth. We have been moved to tears many times in the last 3 days as individuals have expressed the impact that Nelson Mandela has had on their lives. Many of the testimonials were from Whites from Africa now living in Canada, some were from mixed race individuals and some were from ethnic East Indians. Aboriginal Canadian leaders have also given testimonies of the impact of Mandiba on their life.

Iconic Status: Spontaneous and Immediate

  • Media coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela has brought into focus his upbeat message of the common destinies for all humanity. It is not his death which has held us enthralled, death after all, is banal and commonplace: everyone does it. The spiritual uplift we feel is homage to and gratitude for his timely arrival in a world teetering on the brink of a potential blood bath in Africa with a cascading impact on countries with mixed populations of Blacks and Whites.
  • Mandela is a paragon of desirable human qualities: humility, compassion, selflessness, tenacity, courage, fairness, far-sightedness, vision, non-partisanship, qualities that are in short supply in our current leadership.
  • Mandela is a unifying force, fostering global unity along purer, less divisive lines, lines which are non-partisan, non-religious, non-sectarian, non-ethnic.
  • Elevation to the secular equivalent to sainthood will come not through a patriarchal, theocratic gerontocracy, dictatorship of old, religious men from the Church or the Mosque, using traditional criteria, miracles and the like.
  • Spontaneous and immediate iconic elevation will come because in our societies the niche of moral leadership is lacking.
  • Elevation will take place by the people worldwide and will be for the people. Precedence: elevation by some populations of worthy individuals occurred because that population felt that their moral needs were being under served  by the existing institutions eg. Rastafari elevated  Haile Selassie and invested in him their hopes, developing their unique Rastafarianism.
  • Fast track because we need to keep the momentum from the current spiritual uplift to make Nelson Mandela, the man, into Madiba the continuing positive and idealized myth from which we can pull measures of inspiration as needed on an ongoing basis.

Post Scriptum:

If Madiba had not existed at that time and in that place, we would have had to invent him, the need was that great, but he did exist and we are so much the better.

Dec. 15, 2013:

With Mandela at rest in the village of his birth, we must recognize and thank Canada’s CBC for their coverage of events surrounding his death and interment. Their coverage brought Canadians closer to communities outside of North America and we felt connected on the level of solidarity with those communities.


8 thoughts on “Mandela-Fast Track to Secular Global Sainthood

    • Lickle Bradda,
      Speaking of the northwest, the Seahawks are solid contenders for the big prize. Russell Wilson, what a heady little athlete! Marshawn Lynch what a relentless tank, solid defense, they are only one receiver short of a full deck, Home field advantage, . Gonna be interesting eh?

      • yes sir…….some big rumbling coming from the great northwest…..they could go all da way….2013 epic!

      • Lickle Bradda,
        Humiliation, demolition, decapitation, destruction of the Giants today by a small bird of prey from the Pacific Northwest. Seahawks showed mastery in every aspect of the game despite a courageous effort form the Giants defense. We can probably count the Saints out. They looked uncharacteristically pathetic.

      • the score suggested total dominion….big brother…definitel the premiere team in all of football….watched spots of the dolphin game while at the racetrack….last six minutes or so intermittently between forays to the betting terminals and the viewing apron……….is it mathematically possible to get a seahawk vs dolphin super bowl…….sooooo uthink dem saints are”not in”eh!………i will have tp pay close attention to some football….its dat time…..both college and pro……a worthy distraction and healthy pastime for the season…….ooooh….and the seahawks coach..whatshisface….looks like he’s discovered da “fountain of youth”.

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