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FREEDOM: A GIFT FROM GOD AND NOT FROM MAN

 

God's creation is undoubtedly the greatest gift to Mankind. The Universe, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the earth --with all of its splendor and glory-- the trees and the vegetation, the rivers, the oceans, the animals, and the humans. Then, perhaps the next best gift to humanity is the first amendment as enshrined in the constitution of the United States of America, with all of its enumerated freedoms. --Freedom of speech, religion, press, opinion, association etc--. The authors of this constitution, commonly referred to as the founding fathers, held the belief that “These rights are endowed to us by our creator and not our government or any man”. One excerpt of the declaration of independence reads:

 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.."

--An excerpt of the declaration of independence of the USA--

 

These self-explanatory living words seem to reverberate in the consciousness of Mankind at all times. Perhaps these ageless words of wisdom sum up the most fundamental and elemental aspiration of the human consciousness. This timeless creed aggregates the very essence of our existence. The essence, as expressed by the “Vasana” or the subconscious will of man, animated by the profound desire to be free. The essence as expressed by instinctive and intuitive impulse from within that compels man to aspire to be free or to fight --and perhaps die-- for freedom when in captivity. The essence that fuels the desire to be free from within --free from envy and jealousy, free from hate and tribalism, free from Witchcraft and irrational thoughts, free from corruption and tyranny—and from without –when you reconcile your own being to the fundamental principle of creation that all men are created equal and should be treated equal just as you would want to be treated--. The founding fathers of the US constitution must have understood this basic human aspiration –or truth-- at a much deeper and subtle level. I will argue that this Universal truth, which has stood the test of time, is wired in the instincts and consciousness of Man at birth.

Freedom is the instinctive impulse within the human spirit to strive to achieve greater heights. Freedom is the elation and exuberance within the human consciousness to try new things, to think out of the box, to challenge the status-quo, to dare defy conventional wisdom, to imagine the world as it’s never been and ask the question why not. Freedom will summon the good spirit of a people to stand for what’s right, just and true. Freedom will harness the natural instincts of creativity, ingenuity, imagination within the human consciousness waiting to be unleashed. Freedom animates the profound desire for emancipation, expansion of human intellect and the human mind. Freedom is the absolute weapon against tyranny, fear and dictatorship. Freedom is what frightens the African tyrants and dictators who seek to exploit their peoples’ ignorance. Freedom is magical force that breaks the chains of bondage of a people. Freedom will chase the African dictator out of power and restore the dignity of a people.Freedom is the understanding that you are responsible for your destiny. It informs that you are the sole party that engenders the cause, and predisposes you to accept the outcome. It informs that you are at cause of the outcomes of your actions. Empirical evidence shows that when the human spirit has achieved a sufficient understanding of freedom and the responsibilities associated with it, the human mind becomes ready to unleash its full potential and transform its surrounding for the better.

Freedom of speech and opinion guaranty –among other things--the right to everyone to be a member of any political party of their choosing, including the one currently in power in Cameroon. The choice is yours to make to belong to any political group of your preference or any group for that matter of fact. These are your God given rights. You are free to exercise this elemental liberty in any way you choose. These rights are endowed to you by the creator and not by any human being or any government. No one should try to take them away from you.

If you believe that you are entitled to these rights, and if you enjoy and cherish your freedom and liberty, it then becomes your moral obligation to promote and protect it. And your spirit will bear witness to you that it's morally and spiritually wrong to strip it from others. As you can’t in good conscience prevent others from having these same rights that you cherish, lest you are ready to surrender yours. Suppressing the people’s rights is truly depriving them of their full potential and thereby downgrading their humanity, because the basic instincts of freedom are engineered into the human consciousness at birth by the Creator. It is part of the very essence of the human existence.

The word Republic comes from the Latin phrase “Res Publica” which means the “The Public Thing”. Yes, our beloved Country “Republic of Cameroon” means “The Public Thing of Cameroon”! The “Public Thing” called Cameroon is supposed to belong to the public; you and I and everyone else, with the same exact equal measure. It does not belong any more to you than it does to me. You do not have the monopoly of being more patriotic to it than anyone else.

So, on the one hand, there is the “Res Publica”, this our common thing of the people called Cameroon, and on the other, there is the people with inalienable rights endowed by the creator. This is the central premise upon which lies the foundation of modern Democracies. These are the fundamentals that we must instill in the collective psyche of our people during our life time. Every patriotic Cameroonian of good faith who aspires to move our Country forward must seek to engender a progressive leap of some sort that will move our beloved Country in its evolutionary path to Freedom and Liberty. Freedom must be the centrality of the social compact of our time. It must be the fundamental premise of our struggles for liberation and emancipation. It must become the elemental theme of our fight for liberation. It must be the totality of what we aspire as a people. It must be the key word in our lexicon in these times of pain, sufferings, reflection, introspection and meditation on the future of our country. Freedom will free our people from all bondage, domestic and foreign.

This principle of equal rights, equal freedom, equal justice and equal handling is what is so hard for the egomaniac to accept and comprehend. It is the conundrum of the African dictator. It is what seems to be incomprehensible to the man who thinks his belief is superior. It is what is irreconcilable to the narcissistic and unwise mind, the uncontrolled and uncontrollable ego who vows that his beliefs must prevail even at the risk of peril to mankind. It is the Cosmo-Genesis of Dictatorship. It is the root cause of dictatorship and totalitarianism seen in Africa and other places around the world today, where one Man --misguided by his ego-- vows that his will must prevail even at the risk and peril of an entire people. The one man who has vowed to stay in power indefinitely without accountability and consent of his people.

Irrespective of our political inclination or philosophical beliefs, we should strive to reconcile our own spirit to this fundamental truth, this elemental principle that all men are created equal and that all men aspire to be free. Assimilating this spiritual principle from within, requires a knowledge of the SELF in some measure. The knowledge that you belong to something greater than yourself. The knowledge of selflessness that predisposes oneself to the service of the collective. The knowledge that we are all interconnected at the core. The knowledge that the Vasana -- or our subconscious will-- converges to our common aspiration as a people. The knowledge that you should treat your fellow humans with respect and dignity just as you would want to be treated. The knowledge that you should be tolerant, inclusive, moderate and compassionate with your fellow citizen or countrymen with whom you share “This Public Thing” called Cameroon, and especially so when his views and beliefs differ from yours.

We must each, begin the personal journey of the search of the knowledge of SELF, oneness and wholeness. The journey to free our own minds from the negative impulses from within. The journey to overcome the thoughts of envy, hate and jealousy, tribalism and corruption. The journey of learning to suppress the negative feelings from within that hinder the expansion of the soul. The journey that teaches us to overcome the trappings of our ego. I will entertain that only when the human being has attained a spiritual height of divine knowledge of some measure, that he becomes willing to transcend his ego and in the process, becomes a "FREE" agent of the creator, seeking to fulfill and carry on the will of the divine on earth, which is the very essence of creation.

Granting that the learning curve of democratic principles could be a relatively lasting journey, we must learn together and from each other the higher principles of tolerance, moderation and inclusiveness, if we were to make journey less perilous and less lethargic to one another and to the nation. We must work to see to it that all people are treated fairly and equal, that the dignity and rights of our fellow citizens are respected just as we would want our own. Because the survival of the dignity and freedom of all depend on that of each and every one of us, as we all share that same thing, that same triangular shaped piece of land, that same “Res Publica” called Cameroon and to a much broader extent the same humanity.

To those who have had to flee their country, because freedom and opportunity for a better life were denied to them, by a handful of “Strong” fellow countrymen, this writing is intended to rejuvenate their dream that at the end of the dark tunnel, there is hope.The cause for freedom, equality and justice for all is noble, just and righteous, and is worth fighting for. It’s a cause that takes root in the depth of the human spirit to try to make a wrong right. It’s a cause that animates the human desire to want to leave a better country to our children than the one we inherited. It's a cause that compels us to want to make life better for our fellow human beings and citizens. It’s a cause that leaves the human mind and the human spirit no choice but to fight and perhaps die for it. It’s a cause that will certainly and ultimately be crowned in victory. Even at distant shores, far away from home, you have found your voice in other lands, where you are now yearning and crying out for the freedom that you were deprived of. Your journey is likened to that of the stone that was casted aside. And now, the stone that the builder refused and rejected has become the cornerstone that causes the house to stand or crumble. And you will soon become the inner stone upon which lies the foundation of a new dawn.

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” --Martin Luther King Jr. --

All the people of Cameroon --and other African countries-- who have voiced their opinion one way or the other, --for or against the current system or any new system to come--, home or abroad, love their country dearly. They cherish their Nationality and homeland. They are patriots to the same measure as anyone seating at the Embassies, the Ministries, the Parliament or any other high office of the land. Day after day, they are communicating their desires and best wishes for the future of their country unto the cosmic realm, which is sometimes manifested in bits and bytes across the wire, across the airwaves, across the lands and oceans, because they love and miss their Country Cameroon and want it changed for the better. Some have argued that we need to pray for peace. I agree. But true peace will only be achieved with equal rights, equal justice, dignity and freedom to all, and not tyranny and fear. If you are listening, please don’t ignore the call for equality and freedom. Because freedom is truly a gift from the creator and not from your president, your Government or any man. It is your God given right. It’s God’s gift to mankind and not man’s gift to you. You have to claim it because you are entitled to it. It depends on you.

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  

--Excerpt of The declaration of Independence of the United States of America--

 

“Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.  For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”

 

–Excerpt of Barack Obama’s inaugural second speech in January 2013--

 

“We must learn to stand up and fight for what we believe is right and just. For if we don’t, we will be caused to stumble by the wrongs of others” –ANST--

 

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” –Benjamin Franklyn.--

 

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.”—Martin Luther King Jr--

 

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” –Thomas Jefferson--

 

"When in captivity, the virtuous mind will remain restless and unrelenting in the pursuit of liberty, until it achieves the level of freedom known to its consciousness." –ANST--

 

 

 

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