Tuesday, 20 December 2016
A pledge for tolerance and freedom
Many of you have probably heard about the terrible attack in Berlin of yesterday. Many have been killed, more have been injured and the whole of Germany is shaken.
We don't know yet who commited this crime, and we don't know why.
My pledge to everyone is:
Whatever happens, stick to facts, don't believe in usurpers that try to play with your emotions and the truth to gain power.
Stay tolerant. Preserve freedom.
Freedom is risk but total security is total control and the loss of freedom.
Listen to the people that have more knowlegde than you. Not the ones that only tell you what you want to hear.
Accept uncomfortable facts.
Address fears. Don't hide them. They will grow stronger and have hold of you.
Fear is not a good advisor.
Learn from history and don't let it repeat itself.
Read. 1984. Fahrenheit 451. Brave New World.
Reject violence as a solution. Violence and hatred only seed more violence and hatred.
My heart is with those in fear, in pain, in hunger, in grief, in despair. In Berlin, in Aleppo and in all other places on the earth where darkness has come over them.
Missa brevis C Dur Leopold Mozart: