“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan
Let me tell you this: there was never a time in history when a government won the battle against its people. Never. When enough people believe in an ideal and are willing to fight for it, willing to go all in, there’s no way to beat them.
But people give up their power easily enough. In the trenches of day to day life, they get lost. They become indecisive and weak. Life has the habit of constantly knocking you down, so you hang on to every moment of comfort you can find. Every bit of safety, of warmth.
People give up their power by thinking that they don’t have any.
Over a hundred thousand fifty people protested last night in the Capital alone. At least as much, in all other major cities. Yet the government failed to react, failed to do the right thing.
And this troubles me.
Makes me feel as if our freedom is being taken, while those who are in charge, those who are capable of doing something about this, they keep saying that they’re powerless.
There’s nothing worse in a democratic country than feeling powerless, feeling as if your freedom is being taken away a little bit at a time.
Some say that the government wants to abolish the anti-corruption agency on Friday.
Who knows what they’ll do next?
Censor the Internet? Martial law?
Their failure to listen to the people’s will is troubling. They are taking away our power. They are ignoring us. They are blind to what we want, to what we are asking for.
Someone acting as if they do not hear you is the first step to them treating you as if you are not even human.
I want to do something, which is why I am asking for your help to spread the word about the situation in my country. No matter where you are from. Tell everyone you know about this situation, about the Romanian people’s concern for their freedom, for their desire to be actually heard.
If you’re interested in reading more about the situation in Romania, you can do so here.
Many of you are writers. Many of you are artists. You understand the importance of freedom. No matter your age, gender, race, nationality, political affiliation, you blog and write, you paint, you draw, you dance, you photograph, because it makes you feel free. Art reminds you that the choice is yours: by sheer power of will you can turn an empty piece of paper or a canvas or even a moment of silence into anything we want, anything we can imagine.
Freedom is essential to who we are as human beings.
And there’s no price high enough to pay for the privilege of being your own master, of being the one who’s truly responsible for your life.
“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.” ― Veronica Roth