OPINION: Freedom’s meaning becomes obscured

Marina Schoombee (Sub editor)

Freedom is a word so often used that its meaning becomes obscured due to inferences drawn.

The recent protest in Standerton where the white farming community and their workers had enough of electricity interruptions makes one realise that protests and marches will prevail.

Trevor Noah is of the opinion that blacks bring rhythm to a toyi-toyi whereas whites’ efforts seem stilted as humorously explained in There’s a Gupta on my stoep.

Don’t forget the spontaneous outbreak in song, albeit sometimes incendiary.

Taking into account that young, black children join their parents and guardians from an early age in voicing disapproval, it is no wonder that learners can regularly be seen on the Advertiser’s front step at the circuit office of the Department of Education.

A dictionary will supply connotations to the right to act, speak or think as one wants and immediately quite a few political examples come to mind.

The French Revolution of 1789 with its liberty, equality and fraternity encompassed the struggle towards a free society.

One can also not forget the Statue of Liberty in New York with its open invitation to the downtrodden for a chance to become valuable, respected citizens.

South Africa is no exception with the 1976 uprising and chant of ‘freedom before education’ depicting its power.

Financial freedom on the other hand, will imply having enough money to have choices.

The Bible’s narrative of the Egyptian slavery points the way to spiritual redemption and Christians, if correctly understood, have freedom over sin when following Christ, while Islam, according to the Quran, holds freedom of thought and freedom of religion dear.

The South African Constitution enshrines the rights of all people in the country and the values of human dignity, equality and freedom are affirmed.

A proud group of artists such as Johnny Clegg, Parlotones, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Brenda Fassie, Vicky Sampson and PJ Powers all gave it their all in singing about freedom.

Let the older among us not get maudlin with Kris Kristofferson’s ‘freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose’.

  AUTHOR
Marina Schoombee
Sub-Editor

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