I Will Be Heard

It’s no secret: the world has gone completely insane.

And in this time of universal insanity, it’s good to remember the words spoken by the wise in the insane times of the past.

I’ve made a conscious choice to come down on the side of calm, conciliatory, and curious. I want to talk to the legendary “other side” and figure out what they believe, and why. I think it’s important to engage with the proverbial “other side” and to keep the discussion civil and positive. I don’t know whether that’s the right choice, but that’s the choice I have made.

But at the same time, it’s important to remember the words spoken by the wise in the insane times of the past, so I present the most famous line from the famous American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879). Writing in the first issue of his anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator – in an article titled “To The Public,” January 1, 1831, he wrote:

I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity?

I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hand of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.

I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch —


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