QoD: “I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice”

The English language can rise to such majesty – and poetry – that a novel, poem and essay can continue to inspire centuries after its creation:

I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hand of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.

Today’s Quote of the Day (QoD) is by William Lloyd Garrison, a prominent abolitionist writing in the first half of the 19th century.

He demanded an immediate end to slavery in decades before the US Civil War:

Garrison made a name for himself as one of the most articulate, as well as most radical, opponents of slavery. His approach to emancipation stressed non-violence and passive resistance, and he attracted a vocal following. While some other abolitionists of the time favored gradual emancipation, Garrison argued for “immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves”.

In 1831 he established “The Liberator”, a newspaper dedicated to the antislavery cause.

The above quote is taken from his wonderful essay “To the public”.  When people ask who are the men and women who inspire me, Garrison is among the many.

You and I are the inheritors of that same tradition: on the issue of climate change I will be as harsh as truth; I will not speak in moderation; I will not excuse; and I will be heard.

…which is the response to those who feel chastioned by being called on their child-like fantasies about coming world governments and scientists conspring to manipulate data.

The truth does not merely hurts, it is a blow torch.

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