A century on, young people are asking - was it for this?
Things were clearly different back in 1916. We weren't free but we had leaders with big ideas. Listening to the Proclamation being read aloud on Sunday, I came out in goosebumps: "The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally."
They fought for freedom. They gave us freedom - freedom for future generations to grasp our destiny in our own hands.
And national pride in our culture and identity is a vital tool for maintaining our sanity while we now wait for somebody to step up and lead us.