It is this very conflict of spiritual and moral ideas which gives the free countries a great part of their strength. You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. On all sides they are guarded by masses of armed men, cannons, aeroplanes, fortifications, and the like — they boast and vaunt themselves before the world, yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts; words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind. -Sir Winston Churchill
How applicable these words are today, it continues to amaze me how we often forget the lessons of history, and continue to repeat the same process over and over with each new generation. My hope is that one day we will see people finally wake up from their slumber or stupor and realize that the fight for freedom is worth everything.
Some, unfortunately today, would like to redefine the word freedom, with the cloakings of control, taking away an individuals control over their being, and giving up responsibility in order to have some sort of brief relief. And while they are giving up their control, and slipping into this state of stupor, once they wake up, they will realize they are in bondage and cannot rebel. We live in dangerous times, where many have forgotten or ignore the examples of the past, and trudge ahead for some utopia that will never come. This is the reality of the liberal and progressive movement which has adapted a lot of it’s ideologies from the root ideology of Socialism.
This is a problem for free thinking people, people who choose to keep cherished the freedom of choice in every aspect of life.