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THE NATURE OF HUMAN FREEDOM

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Freedom

Before I go any further I wish to explain , at least to my understanding what Human freedommeans. Before we talk of Human freedom we need to know what it means to have freedom.While the dictionary explains freedom as ‘the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint’ I will just give one brief definition of my own, freedom is the ability to enjoy all rights granted by the laws governing a people

 

!We are Free!


Human freedom

Human freedom in this case will mean the ability to enjoy all human rights irrespective of affiliation be it economical ,social, religious or political.

An example of lack of freedom


Human beings must be able to do the right things for the right reasons at the right time if freedom is to be protected. As we deliberate on this topic we need to appreciate that there are limitations to the extend of one enjoying his/her freedoms,one should not suppress others in the event of trying to please themselves or live to the fullest of their expectations.

Nature of human freedom should be defined by Culture of Life. A culture, which must be upheld by all humans to promote sanity and dignity in society.Human freedom should not only be limited to protection of people from socio-political and economic injustices, it should be all round, for instance we need to safeguard the interests of the unborn even though they pose a challenge to our political struggles, the unborn have to be protected to guarantee continuation, humans can only be free if their growth too is free from control, Since all men possess dignity given to them by God even before birth, the urge and need to build a culture of life should be propagated. This I say because many nations come in with arm twisting policies to reduce population at the expense of human life,this culture must be avoided by all means.Instead of inducing artificial constraints it is better to focus on how we can increase Human participation in development,this will increase prosperity and will go way ahead to contribute to the development of the human person.

Human dignity does not amount to freedom to do whatever one pleases,it is the ability to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.This should advise our actions to avoid struggle to justify our selves at the expense of other people that we live in because we are all born with dignity in equal proportion irrespective of class, level of intelligence economical or political power.

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.”  ~Thomas Paine



Conclusion

Therefore human freedom must be earned,for us to live in harmony we must give that which we desire to receive, we must be fair to all,we must respect all and champion for the rights of all irrespective of their background or status because those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT; WE ARE THE SOLUTION

In Africa, the Youth make up 37% percent of the working population and 60% of the total unemployed, this unfair because it is only the 40% that are in this employment category. Developing countries which invest in better education, healthcare, and job training for the majority of their young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years of age, could produce surging economic growth and sharply reduced poverty, but poor governance corruption and nepotism have led to negative impact to this progress.


This unemployment contribute greatly to many vices in society many of which affect the youth, it also makes them vulnerable to antisocial habits, these include; crime, drug abuse, irresponsible sexual behaviors, prostitution and early motherhood.



This in the long run reduces the rate of development in society and the nation at large.

 

It is this unemployment that also hinders the youth from actively participating in decision making since they are not financially empowered to compete for political seats and other leadership positions owing to the financial needs in doing so.

We witnessed the post election violence in Kenya where the youths were misused by the political elite to assume power, this happened majorly because of the lack of youth empowerment in economic activities which make them vulnerable, they were paid to cause violence and other irresponsible activities through which they got bread on their table. For them it is struggling to get something small for the stomach, something which makes them contended with the little pea nut pay they get. The involvement of the youths during this time also contributed highly to loss of property and life, this is a clear example of how unemployment leads to youths being enemies of youths because down the line the youths themselves rob each other, in this I am a direct victim; I always live remembering January 30th 2008,on this day after the disputed presidential elections in Kenya my small second hand goods shop was broken into, this happened amid nationwide protest because it was argued the elections were rigged, on this day I lost all my investments and since then I have not been able to get back the momentum with which my business had gained.

Despite an increase in economic growth in Kenya, the youth still remain behind in terms of participation in the development agenda yet they are the more energetic in society and can increase the economic growth rate by far if they are maximally incorporated in production. This requires that the government puts in place measures to increase youth participation in matters of environmental protection and other government programmes that run over time, this will enable the youth participate in improvement of the ecosystem as well as their lives as they will be kept busy in measures the government takes in environmental protection and other government programmes. I am saying this because programmes like those leaning on the environment are not seasonal and therefore will ascertain that there will be assurance of job opportunities always unlike other jobs where the youth will have to wait for a vacancy before they apply for the jobs. The government also should reduce the barriers that hinder the youths from getting financial services like loans and support since there are many youths out there who have great ideas that can improve many lives if they get actualized through funding and support, it should also subsidize the cost of training in technical fields so as to help the youth gain necessary skills that can make them be self reliant in terms of self employment. If the government fails to come in then there is cause to worry because there will be social tensions in society as a result of disillusionment by the youth who will end up ganging against the elite, this disillusionment also leads to many youths being misused by the irresponsible leaders of the day a good example being the 2007-2008 post election violence in kenya.

It is a responsibility of every person to strife to get what they want thus youths should take the initiative to make their lives and that of other youths better even before the government comes in to help them, this can be done by we the youth coming up together and supporting each other’s ideas and developments for a common goal, we should also in our undertakings, ensure that whatever programme or project we choose to engage in ,the interests of the youth are catered for in terms of employment and social development. To increase the chances of getting financial aid we should come together as youths either in youth groups or other recognized organizations registered by the government to boost confidence with whoever that may want to support us, it is also through this grouping that we can share ideas and knowledge for us to be able to come up with viable society friendly projects that can be supported by the government and other donors; through these projects we will be creating self employment.

If we come up together under one network, we will be able to have a bigger bargaining power as a united front as opposed to individual struggles that divide us, this will go way ahead to help us fight for the infringed rights of the youths in work places and also enable us bargain for working positions for our fellow youth in areas of interest, this will also make the government and other non-governmental institutions seek our guidance when engaging the youth in future developments as unity in purpose makes us a force to reckon with.


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Last Updated (Thursday, 26 August 2010 06:38)

 

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0 #4 RE: THE NATURE OF HUMAN FREEDOMErica 2010-08-27 12:08
Excellent Dan i admire ua work n hope u'll continue writing more pieces of art as such.Thumbs up dude. :-)
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+1 #3 RE: THE NATURE OF HUMAN FREEDOMaishirley 2010-08-26 13:58
am really impressed! wish i could be able to do sth as cool as this!!
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+1 #2 THE REALITY ALWAYS REMAIN REAL THOUGH PAINFULL.David simiyu 2010-08-26 08:40
This is so powerful and wonderful information in that most professionals have never talked on such issues pertaining the youths in our Nation.

I like to urge Dunpresident that he should continue publishing such information in order to make youths in this Nation understand who they are and what they are supposed to do. I would like to tell those one who happen to access this site to influence Kenyan youths to be getting more information on this site. Thanks so much dunpresident, I hope and pray that may vision shall go through.

All I can say is "Hongera Dunpresident"
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+1 #1 NiceMoses Wamalwa 2010-08-26 07:24
I like this work,did you do this yourself?
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