Freedom varies with every step

2018-05-02 06:00
Tshegofatso Leeuw -Social Observer

Tshegofatso Leeuw -Social Observer

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Defining freedom is varied.

As a teenager, the freedom to live on your own. As a matriculant, the freedom to go to class whenever you want. As a liberal, individual freedom. As a spiritual being, freedom of religion.

As a South African, long walk to freedom sums up the definition of freedom.

We are never done crafting our freedom. Blood was spilled, families torn apart, professional careers cut short and some people never got to taste the fruits of freedom.

Having said that, more often it seems that as South Africans we are chasing self-centred freedom more than collective freedom or a humanity-growth-centred-freedom.

  • Galatians 5:13-14: .

Poignant words advising us on how we are to achieve collective freedom. It is saddening to hear some South Africans refer to themselves as “minority” or “I will not celebrate Freedom Day because I do not have a flushing toilet”.

We have South African problems calling for South African collective solutions. We have to be adult enough to debate our issues.

This long walk to freedom should serve us lessons on what we want for ourselves, collectively and for South Africa. We saw the democratic national elections of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and we are, God willingly, about to see the 2019 elections.

I am of the school of thought that freedom and democracy are things we continuously should work on.

Celebrate, do not wait for a political party to call you to Freedom Day events.

Smile! Our freedom and democracy may not be perfect, however we have it good. There are countries without government, without constitutions, without freedom of movement, without freedom of association, without freedom of religion, without freedom of speech.

We are meant to be free, thus we forever are in the pursuit of freedom, hence the long walk to freedom.

Next time when a foreigner or even an Australian foreign affairs minister says South Africa is the worst country ever, tell them:

I live in a country where, when a president messes up, citizens, confront him; a country with vibrant civil organisations; a country with a progressive constitution; a country when a mayor fails people, we remind him or her that the city council or a local municipality made promises, which is now a mess; that we no longer smell roses and that the bees have flown away to create honey. That is freedom.

As we have celebrated freedom of the country, I leave you with words of inspiration that the road or journey to freedom is long and so is the walk to freedom!
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