Gladiator Now We are Free
Freedom Day in South Africa. A day to celebrate when South Africa had her first democratic election in 1994. I lived through about 30 years of Apartheid. My dad and a few other respected people told me “What I voted for in 1948 and what we got, is not the same thing.” In 1948 people were lied to. I lived through a period when The Broederbond controlled “our thoughts” form an early age through Church, School, newspapers and many other organisations . I lived through a time when people I now respect after reading their stories and getting to know them better in an open society, were public enemy #1!
Freedom Day, 27 April 1994 did not just set the Black people free. It set us all free!
“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no no”
Over a long time many people played a role in setting us free. There are many unsung heroes in this story. But one person will always stand out above the rest. Nelson Mandela, Madiba. I reflect on some of his quotes.
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”
“And if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”
“Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.”
“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.”
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
Mandela Quotes found at this site.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
– Victor Frankl