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الأحد 21 ديسمبر 2008

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Let's Think About Freedom

I can recall now very clearly the first time my professor at Yale was telling us about the great Swiss Jean Jacques Rousseau and the travesties he encountered while exploring the rights of man, and eventually his brilliant work that induced peasants, and clerks, rich and poor through Du Contrat Social, Principes du droit politique to revolt against autocrat kings. that was the spring 1974 my last semester at the college, and ever since I wondered there will ever be brave men/women who will take the streets of Libya and demand their god given rights to be free and pursue their dreams free of any repression. I wondered if the Libyan people will seek a true liberty instead of Bedouins verbalism, and Arab slogans, I wondered if my country one day would be free and let me in. That day cannot come any sooner, nor am I willing to forfeit my freedom to visit my dad and moms tombs. Alas, my surrender of freedom to insure others will have what I have now, I will be damned if I wont forgo that glorious day so my fellow men and women will taste the true experience of freedom and never let go of it any price. Yes I am willing to face the consequences and die in order my country will become free and I will be buried next to my father and mother.

Years later while was post graduate student at Harvard, my mind started to wonder about my country and wonder what the Jacobins realy did to get rid of the French King and hence commence the French revolution, so I decided to a course on the French revolution by professor Patrice Higonnet. I wanted to know the motivation and zeal of the French people at that time, and see if there is any resemblance to the Libyan experiences. I asked around fellow students who have hardly any knowledge of the pandemic of illiteracy, capitulation to the ruler, and the total surrender of the personal liberty. Of course, some in my class were rather lethargic to the Libyans oppression, some were rather sympathetic but felt the monotony my bringing up the subject of Qadaffi and reign of terror in Libya; and few were disgusted by my stories. I listened and participated during the entire semester wishing someone would broadcast these stores back to Libya, some commented that presumed the inaptness of free will and determinism was the cause, some believed that free will and determinism were compatible and the Libyans were not up to the task, and outlined some of now popular opinion for that position, some said time on the Libyan side and that gave me some comfort.

The assertion had its roots in the subsequent suggestion. If free will and willpower co-exist, then someone is able to do something not contained in that one possible future that is consistent with both the past and the laws of nature.

Do we choose our destiny or destiny chooses us? Do we build our own prisons and now we cannot escape them? Do we lack the ability to cause our own destiny?

There must be a reason we chose to close our eyes and wait on someone else to rescue us! There must be factual events in the past that one can only channel for the future and free themselves from tyranny! This cannot be continuous lethargy, and not enlist all of us to take the chances for a truly free and the willpower to succeed.

I bet you all peace.


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