What is your legacy worth? As I sit down an sift through the minutia of mass media in the aftermath of the great Nelson Mandela's passing. I have come to realize that there really is a price for service and it generally is not what you would imagine. While I know and understand that Mandela was servant of justice and proprietor of equality, I wonder if he would be surprised by the outpouring of recognition in his death. Perhaps it would have been far better to recognize and applaud Mandela during his years fighting apartheid. Much of the mainstream media was largely absent during his imprisonment and subsequent ridicule at the hands of the Boers.
English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo dates from 1937. South Africa protect the copyright of photographs for 50 years from their first publication. See . Since this image would have been PD in South Africa in 1996, when the URAA took effect, this image is PD in the U.S. Image source: http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela/index.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have no idea why people are more likely to recognize the achievement of others in death than when they are alive and actually engaged in their life changing work. Mandela and Steven Biko both suffered from the atrocities of Apartheid. For whatever reason, most would never have known of their incredible sacrifice had it not been for their deaths.