Freedom. It was mournfully pleaded for by Africans during the transatlantic slave trade. It was deeply longed after by the Jews during the Nazi-regime of Adolf Hitler in Germany. It was cried out for by American Indians during the acts of genocide by European settlers in America. And there are many more instances, where people, no matter what skin colour, age, race, gender or belief, had been deprived of that treasure we call freedom.
Oftentimes, however, the form of freedom we strive for leads to a desire for more. Shortly after achieving one goal or the other, we quickly tackle the next. It is not necessarily a bad thing. However, keeping in mind that our bodies are insatiable, we face the danger of exerting ourselves for more and more until that longing ends up harming us and/or others.
Let’s look at the word “freedom”. One definition says, it is the ‘license to do as one wants’ – to be independent. Synonyms are privilege, right, autonomy, self-rule. But if we were to go by these terms, it would not be applicable to all, at all times and in all places. Not everyone will agree that a person could simply take a gun and shoot people as they please, just because they have the license to do as they want.
Therefore, for freedom to be true freedom, truth has to be its foundation. What then is truth?
Truth is constant. Truth is absolute. Truth is universal. Truth is objective. Truth must match with reality. It does not bend to an individual’s opinion or desire. Truth.Is.Freedom. For instance, we all agree that an apple can fall from a tree and will land on the ground. This is truth. We also call it the law of gravity. It is absolute. It is applicable to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Another example is the truth that we human beings are all equal, but different. The simple fact (truth) that we all have the same blood, the same content, confirms that nobody is greater than another. This means freedom cannot be obtained at the expense of another as it would violate the law of human equality.
Consequently, it is understandable that many seek freedom but cannot find it. Many seek independence but end up in bondage. Many seek to do what they want but end up being unsatisfied, cut short or broken. Because they do not base their pursuits of freedom on truth. Truth is powerful. Truth is a force. It will always take care of itself. It will always vindicate you if you stand for it. And it will always punish you if you stand against it.
Keep in mind: We receive freedom only on the basis of truth. Because you cannot fight against the truth. You can only fight for it.
With love and gratitude,
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