Nelson Mandela Reading

I use this article as an introduction to forgiveness.


The article "Forgiveness as a winning strategy " by Bill Clinton. Click link and scroll down to the start of article.


  • Introduce Nelson Mandela and his story of political dissent, incarceration, release, and becoming president of South Africa.
  • Ask for volunteers to read the essay aloud
  • Ask "why did Nelson Mandela choose to forgive when he was treated so unjustly?"
  • Is this different from the way we usually think about forgivness? How is it different?
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