Editor's Note: Freedom Issue

Freedom has become a lot more complicated than it was made to be. Why? Well simply because freedom is always taken for granted. We are given the freedom to drive and yet we misuse this by driving intoxicated. We are granted freedom of speech, yet we squander this to protest against other religions, cultures and personal beliefs. We are blessed with the freedom to be ourselves, yet we misuse this to condemn others. We take all these pieces of freedom for granted and when this freedom is taken away from us, we get agitated. If we never took freedom for granted in the first place, we wouldn't have it taken away from us. So we have no one else to blame but ourselves. Freedom isn't a key to a happy-go-lucky life but somewhat a glass jar that should be handled with care. Once that jar slips out of your grip and breaks, glueing the pieces back together are impossible.

In conjunction with the release of Nelson Mandela (on the 11th of February 1990) from his 27 year imprisonment, the SPARKS' team has decided to dedicate this month's issue to Nelson Mandela's sole wish: freedom. Not just freedom from prison but freedom of his people. However, this issue isn't just restricted to the democratic aspect of freedom but rather different perspectives on freedom.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
- Nelson Mandela 


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