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One week ago, as everyone knows, Nelson Mandela died.  I'm doing this show and this topic in a rarity as it's almost as much for me as it is for the listener.  But there hopefully will be a point that comes out here and that will be this.  Our perception of people is shaped largely by the ones presenting us with the narrative.  Very rarely do people escape that by examining cases, people, or news stories for themselves.  I know as a 13 or 14 year old boy when I first became aware of Nelson Mandela, I had an incomplete and inaccurate opinion of him when it came to who he was, his past, and why he was imprisoned.  Some of that was on me, some of that was on them.  But the main point is, this past week has really driven home to me how the media has almost deified this man, or at least made him a saint like figure.  The reality of course, is he was just a man with the same flaws, the same tendency to sin, and in some cases bigger flaws probably than you or I have.  It's a little bit of an ephipany moment for me, but hopefully I'll be able to provide something for all of you as well today.