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Freedom from Fear

Jan 25
8:56 am
By Menil

Saints, it has been said, are the sinners who go on trying. So free men are the oppressed who go on trying and who in the process make themselves fit to bear the responsibilities and to uphold the disciplines which will maintain a free society. Among the basic freedoms to which men aspire that their lives might be full and uncramped, freedom from fear stands out as both a means and an end. A people who would build a nation in which strong, democratic institutions are firmly established as a guarantee against state-induced power must first learn to liberate their own minds from apathy and fear.

—Aung San Suu Kyi, “Freedom from Fear” (1991)


“Non-violence is not for cowards. It is for the brave, the courageous.”

— Gandhi to Abdul Ghaffar Khan, “the Frontier Gandhi”