Freedom means a liberation from slavery or from the power of another; an independence; the state of being free.
I live in a country of democracy. We vote, we choose and we are free to do whatever we want to do, of course, aside from things beyond the law.
However, somewhere far from home. Somewhere in the middle of the world, are some of the countries which are chained from slavery and terror.
Yes, until now, in the 21st century, there are still lots of people fighting for their right to be free.
Free in terms of cultural biases, free from gender inequality, free from ignorance, free from poverty, and most of all, free from war.
After reading I Am Malala (a true story of a girl named Malala, who in her own way, speak out to let the world know that she, a Pashtun, has a right for education, a right to do whatever males can do), I realized many things, I appreciated many things that I took advantage of and I am distraught of how I, a free woman, a free human being, am still living discontented and ungrateful for the things other people see as a luxury.
For a girl like Malala who lived in a country where girls and women are treated as less of a human. Girls like her are bound to a hundred of year tradition. They couldn’t go to school because their culture told them to cook inside their house instead of flourishing their minds. They could not show their face because it shows vulgarity. But more than these… is the poverty and ignorance. That’s why terrorists have begun persuading some of her people to believe in their so-called “religion.” The terrorists used distorted religion (which only self-preserving to their group) to persuade people to obey them. They used the ignorance of people to read. So these people cannot validate, if what the terrorists saying are true or not.
Some people are afraid of ghosts, some of spiders or snakes – in those days we were afraid of our fellow human beings.
These terrorists beheaded many people, whipped them, bombed schools wherein innocent children died.
That’s when Malala spoke up. She could no longer stand the inferior thinking of her people. She stood up to fight for education, she fights for the right of her people to get what they deserve in this world… which is to live. Because for her, ignorance is the enemy. If only her people is educated enough, less lives would be in danger, they will no longer shut their mouths and no more chains from ignorance. And this caused her life (she was shot on her way to school) and the life of her family. And this caused her to leave the “comforts” of her home and be an immigrant to UK. Until now, she’s speaking. At her young age, she has been recognized as a peace advocate, a feminist, a social activist. For her, her life’s purpose (and why she did not die) is to fight for humanity, for freedom, for peace.
Has she achieved freedom? Has she achieved equality? Has she achieved peace? No, not yet. But at least she’s one step closer to liberation, one step closer to freedom.
I am very blessed to have freedom, to be born with freewill. But, because of lack of contentment, people like me, crave for something grander than life, may it be a luxurious life, work-free life, school work-free life, full of travel life. Then here’s Malala, fighting for one thing, EDUCATION. And here I am wanting, craving for nonsense things.
I am aware that we are fighting different fights. For Malala, she’s fighting for what she knows will benefit the future humanity. Maybe for some, they are fighting for what they know is right. But here’s one thing I want to ask: Have you made any difference in this world, not only different difference but a better difference?
I like this quote from I Am Malala book:
“If you want to resolve a dispute or come out from conflict, the very first thing is to speak the truth. If you have a headache and tell the doctor you have a stomach ache, how can the doctor help? You must speak the truth. The truth will abolish fear.”
Speak the truth. Speak it now.
040316 Thoughts after reading I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Have you read this book? Any thoughts?