KRISLUCID: ALLODIUM. . .to be or not to be.

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Articles

by Chris Tilewa

In a world where everything flies, freedom may require one’s ultimate possession all it want, and everything shall duly be given it. Some who know what freedom is for them will give everything, and even fight to keep it. Growing up, the military had held in my mind an image of a group of men in fatigues, who had made the ugly conclusion that dying by assailling bullets is more honourable. My young mind couldn’t come to excuse why a man, aware of the horror and the deaths at war, decides to still sign his life to it afterall. Those times, the term ‘fighting’ yells only blood and gore at me. But then, i’ve come to know a different kind of fight that basically requires no armoury made of metal; to be who you are irrespective of the myriad conflicting expectations of parents, family friends and society. To be who you love to be and still be accepted. To be unto yourself a rent-free premise- and allodium. To be truly free.

Freedom, like our varied secret wishes, mean different things to every one. Sometimes the desire is born from the sense that we have been starved too long of something we are entitled to. Its ‘aloofness’ drives such desire deep into the core of our belly, calling up strong emotions of grievances. At its height, we tie the sum and substance of everything else to that one end: being free. And to that point we convince ourselves we are ready to fight–to die even.

The juvenile who, filled with exuberance and day-dreams of how he’ll like to try out new things and have new experiences, do not have other definition for freedom than escaping mother’s annoying incessant nag and father’s egotistic assertiveness. But somewhere beneath those frivolous desire is a wisdom that if you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. And perhaps, as Albert Camus; French Novelist, Essayist and Playwright once suggested, the only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

At other times however, such desire comes from the simple need to explore our deep-sitted potentials. To be in synch with nature’s method which- being a law unto itself -do not need an overseer or martinet for its task. To blossom like the petals of hibiscus and, as of the sun, throw our radiance unhindered upon everything within our reach. Living so wondrously to the divertisement of those whose need for humour shadows all else, and still be a roadmap to the searching. And, as with the steadiness of the sky above us, glide through life.

But freedom is not free, nothing in the world is. Neither is it bestowed. But rather, it is achieved by giving it all we have, and in achieving, to have given everything so that we have nothing left to lose.

Chris Tilewa is a young Nigerian who writes, and still only dream about his first book. He runs his own blog ( ); He lives presently within the boarders between Lagos and Ogun state.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

  1. LegendaryCJN says:

    Like the truth of all ages, these words are truth and shall remain indelible: “freedom is not free, nothing in the world is.
    Neither is it bestowed. But rather, it is achieved by
    giving it all we have”.

    Well done my good man.

  2. Ezeamalukwuo says:

    I do agree with the writeup…Freedom is never free…to be free one has to sacrifice all that one IS…having nothing more but the words to say; “I choose this because I know that it is for the best”…yes this is freedom, a lot of folks confuse freedom for many things. They think that when there is no boundaries, no checks and balances, no rules…that is freedom without boundary is not freedom…but free doom.

    Nice write up Mr Chris…wish to read more of your work here on Lyriversity.

  3. Freedom is a sin that one would gladly commit to have one’s opinions openly asserted.
    Freedom is never free, YES. In that case, it should be “stolen”, if one ever wants to stand out.
    Freedom can be risky at times (or all the time), but risks sharpeneth the minds and erupts the volcano of self-actualization.

    And I end with this: the enemy to one’s freedom, will gladly and hilariously embrace you when that “taken-by-voilence” freedom leads you to the realization of dreams.
    So peepz, lets hijack freedom if necessary and let the end justify the just-to-the-heart means.

    Good job bro.

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