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posted Mar 17, 2015, 11:25 AM by Felice Macera
~ Sam Gugino
March 8, 2015

Nelson Mandela had many commendable qualities, not least was the courage to maintain his principles despite 27 years in prison. But his most admirable quality was his ability to forgive. Instead of retribution, he chose forgiveness. And in doing so, South Africa changed from the brutality of apartheid to the freedom of democracy, without a civil war. How can we learn from Mandela’s example, that forgiveness is strength, not weakness? And that forgiveness heals the forgiver as well as the forgiven.

Sam Gugino has been a chef, restaurant critic, food editor and author of four cookbooks. He has recently retired as contributing editor and columnist for Wine Spectator magazine. He is a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia where has served in a number of capacities including two terms as president of the Board of Trustees.