Freedom: K Keeper and Key
Who is the keeper of your freedom? These quotes by Ayn Rand are key in my view –
‘Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)’.
‘Do not be misled . . . by an old collectivist trick which goes like this: there is no absolute freedom anyway, since you are not free to murder; society limits your freedom when it does not permit you to kill; therefore, society holds the right to limit your freedom in any manner it sees fit; therefore, drop the delusion of freedom—freedom is whatever society decides it is. It is not society, nor any social right, that forbids you to kill—but the inalienable individual right of another man to live. This is not a “compromise” between two rights—but a line of division that preserves both rights untouched. The division is not derived from an edict of society—but from your own inalienable individual right. The definition of this limit is not set arbitrarily by society—but is implicit in the definition of your own right. Within the sphere of your own rights, your freedom is absolute’.
Kgakgamotso (Jane is her second name) our housekeeper for the last 36 years in Johannesburg is here with us in Plettenberg Bay. She & I flew down on Tuesday and we fly back on Saturday.
Her Tswana name means ‘Amazing’. She was given her name soon after she was born. At birth she was silent for several hours. Her mother thought she had died but when she cried several hours later, her mother thought this was Amazing 🙂
All Tswanans have second names which is part of their culture.
I was keen to have knowledge of her siblings names and meanings –
Otsile (James) means ‘I am here’
Kedisaletse (Rachel) – everyone is dead, I am here to look after them
Goitsimang (Lynett) – Nobody knows
Kerileng (Gladys) – what can I say?
Motialepula (Lettie) – came with the rain
Monnawapula (Matthew) – man with the rain
Thuso (Daniel) – help
Oupa – brother
James W: I do not know what freedom is. I’m learning about what freedom is not