You might have seen it on Google’s home page, a doodle honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician, statesman, and tireless advocate for social justice. The doodle is timed to coincide with what would have been Mandela’s 96th birthday. Requiring just six clicks, the doodle takes visitors on a journey through the landscape of Mandela’s homeland, his imprisonment, and subsequent rise to political power (depicted through an illustration of Mandela speaking before a large crowd). Not surprisingly, video clips of this doodle have already popped up on YouTube, so we’ve chosen one to feature.
Amidst the backdrop of charming, simply rendered illustrations, the doodle includes six quotes that exemplify Mandela’s philosophy:
- No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or religion.
- People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
- What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
- Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.
- For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
- The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.
Bravo, Google, for a lovely, inspired gesture.