Who wants to be Free?
Freedom comes with a cost as many will find interest in oppressing you and perhaps using you as a tool or modern slave.
Life is very short and all men want to be Free, yet most don’t understand the meaning of the word or the feeling they attribute to it. Freedom has been a controversial topic in all sciences and will be until the end of time, but those who understand what it means to be Free, will thrive and suffer for generations.
Freedom is a way of life and it involves making a choice every second of your life. Would you lie to make an extra buck? Would you tithe to help the needy? Would you choose money over love? It is important to note that you are able to make these choices because you have the right to choose. For example, you can choose between tithing or not, choose between believing or not. However, it is not because you have the right to choose that you are Free. You are on the path to Freedom if you choose correctly. For example, if you choose to love others and help the needy, you are on the path to Freedom because you made a morally correct choice. If you choose to love and believe in God, you are on the path to Freedom because you have chosen to act according to the laws of morality, which are written in the Bible, Quran, the religion you practice, or those which you have come to learn through life experience, such as honesty for example.
Ethiopia has now a new prime minister who has shaded light onto the youth and onto all Ethiopians and Africans. He was able to promote the sense of Identity that united all Ethiopians, and is sought by all men; Freedom. He made Ethiopians happy by giving them the right to speak as they want and the right to think as they want. Many Ethiopians say; “we feel like a heavy weight has been lifted from our shoulders”. This is a great time in the History of Ethiopia because we now have the right to express our opinions and emotions freely. However, this does not mean we are Free; we might be free from oppression, free from a long lasting discriminating system, free from second citizenship in our own nation. What most people would do in this situation is to forget about the oppression they faced, take their freedom for granted and sing about their “Freedom”. Yes we should rejoice, but we should not take our rights for granted or confuse them with Freedom, for they are only one step towards Freedom.
Behold for this weight has been lifted up from your shoulders by Him, who you prayed and He whom you gave your nation to, He who has seen you suffer from oppression. And thus, this gift from God shall not be taken for granted, or forgotten, for this will cost us years and years of more oppression, until we understand the value and meaning of Freedom.
The value you give to Freedom is not in relation to the amount of oppression you faced, but to the amount of lessons you took from the time of your oppression. Facing oppression is the hard way one learns the value of Freedom, and thus is not necessary for one to truly apprehend the value of Freedom. However, if one can only understand his possessions after a loss, a loss shall occur and he shall then value his possessions.The same applies to Freedom, for one can only be on the path to Freedom if he knows what Freedom means.
Freedom starts when one loves his God with all his mind, with all his heart and with all his soul. And it prevails as he continues onto loving others as much as he loves himself. Slavery and oppression are one of the most effective tools to make people strive for the tastes of the fruits of Freedom, and make people eager on paying the price to attain such a goal. But it is not because there is an independence treaty signed or you have freedom of speech that you are Free. Surely, the later give you more rights as a human and citizen of a nation, but to continue your path to Freedom and continue enjoying its fruits, you must amplify your faith and love for your God and others.
We have failed the first test.
On August 6th 2018, our brothers in the Somali region of Ethiopia were attacked, their women raped and their identity questioned. Are they not Ethiopian? Did they not fight against the oppression we had faced? Should they not be protected by their brothers and the federal government as much as any other citizen? Why did the media put less effort on depicting this story than those which occurred in the Amhara or Oromo regions? Behold for we have proven not to love our brothers and sisters as much as we love ourselves. Behold for we have failed the first test and have upset the Lord whom we pledged for Freedom and whom has delivered very quickly.
If one fails to love his brother, and choses to put him on fire, he shall face fire on himself and his children.
God has chosen to love us and thus is willing to teach us the value of Freedom and help us through our path to Freedom. However, if the oppression we faced was not enough for us to understand the value and meaning of Freedom, we shall face more oppression, lose the rights He gave us and behold for He can put us under four hundred years of years of slavery if that is what it takes for us to understand the value of Freedom.
By Kidus Anteneh