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Re Marena. - Issue #5

In Sesotho Morena describes someone in authority, a master or leader. Whether we decide to know it or
Be You. Be Great.
Re Marena. - Issue #5
By Thabang Tseboho • Issue #5 • View online
In Sesotho Morena describes someone in authority, a master or leader. Whether we decide to know it or not, we have this same authority over our own lives; within us, there is a king.
As Kings we can choose to spread tyranny or freedom. We are bound to experience both in our lives, and to the same effect, we must decide which quality we will reflect back at the world. The ultimate freedom we stand to experience is rooted in our power to act, speak, or think as one wants. We can be fair and just Kings and allow these rights to ourselves, or we can be tyrants, refuse ourselves and build prisons.
Tyrants draw power from our belief that they can’t be overthrown. While the ability to influence the behaviour of others and the course of events is powerful, true power lies in our capacity to do and act in a particular way.
Ultimately, we can only have true sovereignty over ourselves. Our need to control the world is rooted in fear — self mastery is driven by courage and confidence.
The world—internal and other—will forever be inhabited by tyrants, and our only task is to ensure that this force is forever met by those on the quest to spread freedom. Our courage to act in spite of fear inspires others to do the same, and that is what this world needs most. Action in the face of fear; freedom amidst tyranny.

Quotes of the week
This week’s quotes both come from Black Is King, a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album curated by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. The film features writing from both Yrsa Daley-Ward and Warsan Shire.
“You can’t wear a crown with your head down.”
“You can’t wear a crown with your head down.”
"True Kings don’t (never) die."
"True Kings don’t (never) die."
Recommendations of the week
This section—like rest of the issue—is in celebration of Chadwick Boseman. A real life superhero.

  1. Black Panther is an ever-essential watch. There are very few films that offer such an intimate meditation on what it means to lead during a turbulent time and ending generational curses.
  2. Staying true to the spirit of celebrating Blackness, Black is King explores rich traditions across Africa while sharing the becoming of a King that had the crown thrust upon them before they were ready for it.
  3. Chadwick Boseman gave a moving address at his alma mater, Howard University, a historically black university.
Thanks for reading; be you, be great!
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