posted on Dec, 9 2010 @ 06:38 PM
I feel that in these times of Opression and Heroes a few words should be said on Fear:
Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear
ofdeath, fear oflosing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of
fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of
courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of
the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage
rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.
The wellspring of courage and endurance in the face of unbridled power is generally a firm belief in the sanctity of ethical principles combined with
a historical sense that despite all setbacks the condition of man is set on an ultimate course for both spiritual and material advancement. It is his
capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute. At the root of human responsibility is the concept
of peffection, the urge to achieve it, the intelligence to find a path towards it, and the will to follow that path if not to the end at least the
distance needed to rise above individual limitations and environmental impediments. It is man's vision of a world fit for rational, civilized
humanity which leads him to dare and to suffer to build societies free from want and fear. Concepts such as truth, justice and compassion cannot be
dismissed as trite when these are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power.