When they attack…

When they came...

First the social justice proponents were assaulted,
I remained silent;
I was no such proponent.

When the G20 demonstrators were beaten,
I did not speak out,
I was no demonstrator.

When they locked up the anti-war protesters,
I remained silent;
I was not an anti-war protester.

When they arrested the environmentalists,
I did not speak out;
I was not an environmentalist.

When they attacked for the labor unionists,
I remained silent;
I was no labor unionist.

When they attacked me,
There was no one left to speak out.*

Though the pen is mightier than the sword, it is not as effective in absentia. Its power must be continuously exercised to retain its positional supremacy.

*The original is credited to Martin Niemoller, a German theologian who commented on the apathy of intellectuals during the Third Reich.

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

7 Responses to When they attack…

  1. meredith says:

    I had Neimoller’s original piece as a poster. As a Jr. high kid, and to this day I think it is one of the most articulate pieces of writing to bear in mind… every day.

    Thanks for sharing– awesome job.

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  3. skywanderer says:

    Reblogged this on Family Hurts Inc – Inquiry, News & Critique and commented:
    Sublime, spot-on and captivating message on why we should raise our voices and why we should act while we still can.

  4. Exactly! Writing is all very well and good, but actions MUST accompany writing. We cannot sit idly by and watch while others are beaten senseless(for standing up against tyranny and oppression) and we do nothing.

    Excellent post! Thank you!!!

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