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Long March to Freedom

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In 1955 the South African Congress Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Indian Congress (SAIC), the South African Congresss of Democrats and the Coloured People’s Congress, assembled some 3,000 people to review and ratify the Freedom Charter. The Freedom Charter was a call for change from all the progressive forces in South Africa at a time when the Nationalist government was ramping up the Apartheid system. More, than this, the Freedom Charter was their vision for a non-racial, equitable just and free South Africa.
The preamble reads:
We, the people of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know:
That South African belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people;
That our people have been robbed of their birthright to land, liberty and peace by a form of government founded on injustice and inequality;
That our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities;
That only a democratic state, based on the will of the people, can secure to all their birthright without distinction of color, race, sex or belief;
And therefore, we the people of South Africa, black and white, together – equals, countrymen and brothers – adopt this Freedom Charter. And we pledge ourselves to strive together, sparing nothing of our strength and courage, until the democratic changes set out here have been won.
I chose to use this quotation from the auto-biography of Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, to help launch Brain Canvas to remind myself, especially on a day like July 4th, that we cannot truly be free unless we are all free. On Independence Day, a day celebrating America’s independence, remembering the Freedom Charter reminds us that the struggle for freedom has continued and will continue beyond our own. The recent anti-government protests in Iran, and their apparent failure, serve only to underscore this point.
What will that world look like, where all are prosperous and free? Where we live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities?
I envision a world where freedom of expression is respected and upheld as a universal human right. A right so fundamental to our common understanding of what it means to be a human being, that you are entitled to it just because you have been born.
A world of equal opportunity for all, where a person’s merit is not measured by what they have been given but by what they have accomplished with what they have. Opportunity, not ability, is the greatest limiter of human kind’s potential.
A world that recognizes the true value of our natural splendor, and an economy modeled on the very same waste-less natural cycles that are the foundation of all material wealth.
This, for what it is worth, is our reason for being here at Brain Canvas. To dream a radical new vision of the future that, if nothing else, frees our own imaginations from the likes of “never”, “impossible”, and “it cannot be done”.
Let not those who say it cannot be done bother those who are doing.
Welcome to Brain Canvas – reach inside your brain and pull out something beautiful.

Written by Andrew

July 5th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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