It was once taught that silence is bravery. Today, silence is acquiescence, obedience, passivity, resignation, submission – not bravery. Today, if thunder must be quiet, then silence must be loud.
The most courageous act is to think for oneself – loudly – to disembroil oneself from the ravelled, choking maze of caution. Cowardice extinguishes brilliance. Cowardice mutes the voice of candour. Cowardice refuses to act. Courage begins at that point, that moment, when resistance overcomes submission.
Are you not appalled by all of the atrocities of the world. Do not be deluded into presuming that any government or church, any commercial or communal societal enterprise can make it right. Most of the people may be good, but it is not a question of good and bad, of right and wrong, but of balance and imbalance. Fear is rampant, and those who wish to exercise control over others need only to create an imaginary threat, and the people, the masses, will beg to be enslaved that they may protected from that illusory menace.
Trump is among the worst, a pernicious waste of protoplasm, a rash and reckless despot. His madness, though, is known to all; so there can be no other expectation. It is the insidious peril incited by those –deceived, sycophantic – who believe the ego-theistic fallacies of Trump who are most volatile, most dangerous.
The ancient Chinese military treatise from the Spring and Autumn Period, 771-476 BCE, written by Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher, Sūn Zǐ, entitled, in English, The Art of War, and, in Chinese, 孙子兵法, Sūn Zǐ Bīngfǎ, translated from the original Classical Chinese here by me, perhaps conveys it best –
Know the enemy and know yourself, in a thousand battles, you will never be in peril.
If you know yourself but are ignorant of your enemy, your chances of winning and losing are equal.
If you are ignorant both of yourself and of your enemy, you will forever be in peril.
Trump, his leaders, his followers, his obsequious, sanctimonious suppliants are the enemy, the virus, the plague.
Have you fenced yourself in, or have you been fenced in? Get off the damn fence. There is no truth on the fence. Take a side. Make a stand. Demonstrate at least that your heart and your mind are not fallow.