[…] freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of mankind by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorships.
A NYT article led me to Andrei Sakharov’s Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom essay. To say I’m still digesting is a real understatement. Powerful ideas in writing have the ability to flow in time and still sound fresh to first time readers.
This quote on Natan Sharansky’s article hits my Venezuelan sensitivities dead-on:
They want us to believe there’s no chance of success. But whether or not there’s hope for change is not the question. If you want to be a free person, you don’t stand up for human rights because it will work, but because it is right. We must continue living as decent people.