Nonetheless, there are two types of African women and men who have risen to levels of greatness which we can admire as youths. However, I am still convinced that the quality of their rising and success differs between these two categories of people. Let me explain:
- There are men and women who have risen with the systems. They have risen because they have excelled in a least one thing defined as 'success' within the system, for instance, getting good grades in school. I salute and wholeheartedly respect these women and men; but some (not all of them) have found little room for their belief, faith and imagination in their lives. Their life is flooded by the accolades that may not create much inner happiness.
- The other group of women and men either by coincidence or deliberately, have liberated themselves or even changed some long believed rules and laws binding their past. Often this comes at a painful cost, like one hammering through a stone wall. Some fall within this group because they have 'failed' for instance, they didn't get good grades in school; but through continued trust in their imagination and belief in the dream they have of tomorrow, regardless failing a thousand times, they have risen to greatness.
Once a man has liberated himself from externally defined limitations, I believe he has found the real way to the true destination (if success is a journey). This man is free indeed. He might not necessarily own tons of gold or silver, but he can save nations, he might die without a mansion but he will leave a secure legacy that will transform lives even after he dies. This man sees far into the future and embraces it beyond the barriers of presently defined limitations. Just like the ancient Hebrew man Abraham, whom they called "the father of faith."