Mandela Memory

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
– Nelson Mandela

From Economist

Nelson Mandela passed yesterday, exactly eleven years after the quiet death of Myanmar’s strongman and dictator former General Ne Win.

Memory works in curious ways. Certain dates, you remember without any concretely strong emotional ties to the event. The evening I heard the news of Ne Win, I was dining with my family at Summer Palace Restaurant at Traders, while a Myanmar actress Htet Htet Moe Oo celebrated her wedding reception downstairs in the same hotel.

Mandela will always be remembered fondly but which one of the two will be remembered more readily in eleven years from now? The good guy or the bad guy? I wonder.