Will we ever be Free?
In South Africa, on the 27th of April is Freedom Day. This day stems from democratic freedom, where millions of South Africans were finally granted their right to vote for the first time, post the Apartheid era.
I woke up pondering on what freedom means. What freedom means for me today. And my instinctive response was spiritual freedom, being able to live your life’s purpose outwardly, with no fear and with truckloads of compassion for myself and for others. But how realistic is this in our day and age? Can we really talk spiritual freedom when the basic right of safety has not even been accomplished? Truthfully speaking, spiritual freedom sounds like a privilege when our communities are still plagued by hatred and discrimination for how you are born (race, gender/sexual expression/preference, female etc etc etc).
(...And since we’re talking truthfully...) We all play a part in the hatred and discrimination that exists all around us. How many times have you caught yourself judging how someone is dressed, judging their body size, judging the way the speak and and and...? Why is it that we do not join the dots of how this “small and mundane” discrimination becomes big and eventful acts of hatred? If we can’t fix the small ways in which we take away other’s right of physical and emotional safety, can we ever resolve the big events of hatred and discrimination?
Should we delve a little deeper?
Since we show hate and discrimination in the small ways in conversations and thoughts, where does it all stem from?
Our. own. self-hate.
We don’t regard ourselves worthy of true acceptance, of love, of being celebrated for who we truly are. We grew up being told and shown we were not enough, that our most honest selves were lacking and that our true inner light needed to be hidden, it’s too big for the world, the world wouldn’t understand it and the world would take advantage of it. So don’t be the real you in the world.
And what do we do when others have the courage to be their honest selves out in the world? We tell them to hide themselves, that they are not worthy and that there’s something wrong with them. We take away their basic right of safety.
Where do we start to fix this?
We heal ourselves.
We patch our broken selves with truth, compassion, love, acceptance and celebration.
We help others patch their broken selves with compassion, love, acceptance and celebrating them.
We make this world safe by showing compassion, love, acceptance and outwardly celebrating those who have the courage to be themselves.
This however, is a slow process.
But it’s the only sustainable way.
And it is possible.
*Disclaimer: I believe there’s more than one way to get to our end goal of true freedom and that it is a combination of things. The above, is only but one.*