Debunking myths about freedom
Debunk = Expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief).
Myth = A traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people
Freedom =The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restrain – liberty – independence
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Gloria Steinem
As South Africa gears up for another election year, Miyela in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund will host a series of conversation entitle “debunking myths about freedom.” There is complacency about our democracy that comes from a lack of real engagement with that it means to be free. The nation has created a number of myths about our democracy and freedom that make us sleep better at night. Freedom and the process of being free however must come to the realisation of the responsibilities and costs of such freedoms. the greatest cost of being free is that you can not live protected by myth, delusion and stories that make slumber easier. being free is a long term commitment, it is great responsibility and to be free one must abandon the protection that comes with myth.
“the African writer has the responsibility of creating alternative realities for their people.” Chinua Achebe
this has been the single most liberating thought to us. The world as we know it is just one of many realities. Social Institutions; state, the family, multi-national corporations, marriage, all are subject to change and there is always space for alternatives. In shaping a new kind of South Africa we must take seriously the responsibility to debunk those things about who we are that are false and present more truths. We set to debunk those ideas about our world that make our freedom seem sweet but lack real freedom. We set not to offer a Truth but rather many truths, many disillusion or simply make the ground under our feet less solid.
“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”
― Carrie Jones