One of my favorite songs is Gang of Four’s “Not Great Men.” It starts:
No weak men in the books at home
The strong men who have made the world
History lives on the books at home
The books at home
It’s not made by great men
They wrote that in 1979, when Nelson Mandela was rotting in prison on Robben Island. I know they would all agree that sometimes history is made by great men. It’s a sad for the world that Mandela has died. But if any man has deserved this just rest it is him.
Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
There will be more later of an angrier nature.