I am in love with this project – 21 Icons of South Africa. They reveal one icon every week. Not shockingly, the first one is Nelson Mandela and his portrait is beautiful. Right now, it really helps to be reminded of the great good human beings are capable of. It is nice to be reminded that political leaders can do great things, particularly because living in North Carolina this legislative session was just about the most depressing exercise imaginable. We had to watch our elected officials roll back funding for public education, voting rights, unemployment compensation, health care coverage for children and the poor, access to health care for women, and about a million other things. That is why I like the reminder that we can do great things that benefit everyone.