‘Freedom is indivisible’

Dear Editor,

Allow me to reflect on the life of the great Nelson Mandela by quoting from his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

“A man who takes away another’s man freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness.  I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”

“The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed.  We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road.  For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to life in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test to our freedom is just  beginning.”

In ending, he stated:

“I have walked that long road to freedom.  I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.  But I have discovered the secrets that after climbing a great hill, one only finds  that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

What a Man! And we are privileged to live when he lived. We salute him as a man of all times.

Yours faithfully,

C Ram

Join the Conversation

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

The Comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit/delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity. We moderate ALL comments, so your comment will not be published until it has been reviewed by a moderator.