Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison under a racist regime. He was a criminal in their eyes, yet at his death, millions of people mourned. His countrymen sang and danced in celebration of his life, and thousands, including dignitaries and heads of nations, traveled to his homeland of South Africa to show their love and admiration.
A simple man, a humble man, a good man who received the love and media attention far greater than any celebrity or head of country.
Why? Because he was a good man — but one may say that many people are good, humble, loving and full of justice and self-sacrifice.
So why Mandela? Because he used his goodness, justice, humility and love to such lengths as to be able to love those of the racist regime who put him in prison and to forgive them and to spend the rest of his life in self-sacrifice for the good of others.
People may be attracted by celebrities, presidents and kings and queens, but they are deeply touched in the very core of their hearts by heroic self-sacrifice for the cause of justice and mercy to others.