Freedom is lived, not decreed by state laws

President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government officials celebrated Freedom Day in Botshabelo, Free State.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government officials celebrated Freedom Day in Botshabelo, Free State.
Image: GCIS

Freedom is more than a goverment decree – it is a process, a state of mind. Yes, of course governments can, and should, create conditions conducive to freedom, but each of us must make it a reality in our own lives and must have the generosity of spirit to also make that possible for our fellow travellers.

I have experienced people living in democracies still living in spiritual bondage and people living in bondage but spiritually free. We daily see people in the “Land of the Free” on our screens who are still living in the bondage of outdated ideologies enslaving their spirit and making others the victims of their beliefs.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others, said Nelson Mandela, a man whose spirit remained free during a 27-year jail sentence.

We celebrated this year’s Freedom Day in the shadow of those who live in a way that does not respect and enhance the freedom of others. I salute the Defend our Democracy movement that seeks to restore the freedom made possible by people who put country above their own interest. It is a revival of the spirit of the Rainbow Nation.

It always seems impossible until it is done, as Mandela said.

Dawie Jacobs, Sterrewag

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

X