Translated into English by :
Reem A. Inani
I am about to write about freedom, this value that man never stopped looking for it, fighting for it, and defending it against those who try to serve their interests that get affected in the presence of humans who continue to believe that they are "free" and that no one ever has the right to deny them this belief, as well as to interfere and restrict their thoughts and restrain their bodies.
I personally see freedom to be of a value greater than the value of life itself. I myself never lost the feeling of being free although I spent more than 27 years of the total 30 years of my life being transferred from one prison to another. And here lies the paradox, some perceive freedom as the act of breaking manacles that restrain them physically, while I see freedom as an inner belief that makes man see the sky the limit to his thoughts and ask questions without being skeptical about the reactions of other. This in turn is a feeling that will help him later on struggle to get rid of the constraints imposed on him if any. Freedom is a spontaneous feeling by birth that continues until it is constrained by parents, society, school, friends, circles of fellowship, religious institutions and authorities.
Freedom is characterized by being a self-generated value that can’t be given away to others. However, the society, as well as others, may try to deny man that right. Yet, this does not mean that in case denied, it becomes only subject to the approval of others. It goes without saying that extreme pressure and excessive violence may force someone to bow and accept being dictated until he shifts from a "free man" to "an obedient slave" or even to “a good citizen”.
However, this can never happened without an inner struggle between the natural sense of freedom and the imposed decision of giving it away to avoid being abused or excluded by society.
During this struggle, man does not simply take the decision of giving his freedom away, but rather attempt to delude himself by the idea that he Is not actually giving up, but rather pretending to do in order to avoid either abuse or exclusion. Yet, it always develops by time!
It seems like being accepted by the society is so tempting a desire, and avoiding physical abuse and pain so important a target that makes it so difficult for man to remember the value of freedom and develop from a “free boy” to a “grown man” or an “integrated social person” or whatever unrealistic titles society gives to deceive people into giving away their freedom of will and following rules,regulations and taboos.
During this “domestication” phase, societies do not announce it clearly that the main target is simply denying man his free will to become a follower. But rather they declare that their solely target is to fight for freedom and sometimes go far enough to organizing events, demonstrations and conferences that serves this image they are trying to display. However, we all do realize that slogans are meaningless phrases released by some of us to feel satisfied working for a noble cause.
Many groups, organizations and individuals who support this standardization process with good intentions because they fear the consequences of freedom on its members if not restrained. Regardless of the fact that their intentions might be good, the result remains the same! Man is being harmed by what is imposed on him by such societies. At the beginning the harm might be physical, yet by time it develops into a deeper level that widens the gap between the “free boy” that was once born and the “domestic man” he has developed into.
Who knows? Maybe at the end man finds himself obliged to kill that boy in him to be socially fit and end up living his life with a distorted image of self, saying what others say and doing what they do imprisoned inside himself.
Freedom is an absolute value. It can neither be contained nor coincide with ‘restrictions’, ‘regulations’ or ‘rules’ and yet form a meaningful sentence. However, it is a very glamorous and attractive word that even the most dictatorial, repressive and unfair of all regimes could not avoid including it in their political programs and publications of their political parties in order not to risk losing a big sector of supporters who get hypnotized by such word even if it did not reflect in any of their day-to-day life.
Even religions – the most dangerous social regimes to human freedom that have assigned some beneficiary persons to control people’s minds and thoughts as a way to control them – even religions did not ignore freedom, but rather included it among their teachings and texts that referred to it as a gift from god to his servants through which he would test their obedience and at the end decide either if they will be rewarded or punished!
The value of "freedom" becomes a threat when the mind is suppressed and restricted to think. Such restriction becomes mostly effective when it is applied to children at an early age before they already develop into free grownups!
Children are born free and then their minds develop in conjunction with their bodies as they use their minds to think and their bodies to play in a mix-n-match manner.
Children characterized by curiosity and the desire for knowledge, and many of their questions, but embarrassing!
Children are always curious and eager to know, they ask a lot and they embarrass us a lot
Children do not intend to embarrass domesticated grown ups with their childish spontaneous questions, they just want to Knowledge, but the knowledge is not always attractive , pleasant and vital. Those domesticated grown ups see it as a source of annoyance as it forms a threat to their acquired social positions. This is when children begin to seem as annoying and this is when domesticating them becomes a necessity to grown ups as representatives of the bigger entity and role players in them.
Freedom begins with childhood and most probably ends there as well!
If you want to make this value survive and make it more valuable, you must let the minds of your children free and let them discover the world with no interference from outside