I had to share this little story which has a great lesson for us today.
When Nelson Mandela was studying law at the University, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.
One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when Mandela came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.
The professor said,
“Mr Mandela, you do not understand, a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat”
Mandela looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied,
*”You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,”*
and he went and sat at another table.
Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge.
The next day in class he posed the following question:
“Mr. Mandela, if you were walking down the street and found a package, & within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with money, which one would you take ?”
Without hesitating, Mandela responded, “The one with the money, of course.”
Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,
“I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”
Nelson Mandela shrugged and responded, *”Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”*
Mr. Peters, by this time, was about to throw a fit, seething with fury. So great was his anger that he wrote on Nelson Mandela’s exam sheet the word *”IDIOT”*
& gave it to the future struggle icon.
Mandela took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.
A few minutes later, Nelson Mandela got up, walked up to the professor and told him in a dignified polite tone,
“Mr. Peters, *you signed your name on the sheet*, but you forgot to give me my grade.”
Don’t mess with intelligent people….pass it on to your intellectual friends….