I have heard a lot of inspiring stories come from prison. People find god or Jesus there. Some write books about the experience and reap the rewards. Others earn a college education. But for Nelson Mandela it was a little more than that.
After his long prison sentence he went on to inspire a whole nation. He ranks up there with some of the great activists of all time. So it just seems fitting that the people of South Africa would spend his 93rd birthday doing good things. That the celebration of life would inspire so many people.
The sad part for South Africa is that the rest of the year will be war torn, bloody, and dieing of infection. At least Monday was a good day.