My Own Way to Burn

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”

I know this is a long quote, but read it. All of it.

Not many know who Sophie Scholl is, but her courage astounds me. She was part of a resistance movement in Nazi Germany called The White Rose. In a nation that allowed an entire people to be annihilated, a few college students spoke out.

She was executed for speaking out.

But guess what? Those other people; the ones that said nothing; that were silent so the bogeyman wouldn’t hear them- most of them are dead now, too, but we sure as heck don’t remember them.

She chose her own way to burn.

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