Friday, February 01, 2008

The crowd does not take kindly to nonconformity... (and) the fear of ridicule paralyzes us more effectively than flat-out opposition. How much good is left undone because of this fear. The irony is that the opinions we fear most are not those of people we really expect, yet these very persons influence our lives more than we want to admit. This desire to stand with them can lead to appalling mediocrity and a frightening unfreedom.

Albert Amus once said, 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very act of existence becomes an act of rebellion.'

There is nothing more maddening to the mob than a free person!"

Brennan Manning in Lion and Lamb


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