Finding Direction: Opposition to Moral Decay is Dangerous 2.3.4
Moral Decay feeds on itself. It is self-perpetuating. To escape from moral Decay requires great effort and struggle with the frustrations that are bound to come. It requires prophets and teachers who will lead in another direction. Teaching others to think, to love, to dream, to question, to rebel, and to care for the poor, for the earth, or for justice is to draw attention to the weaknesses of Decay.
But Decay is still powerful, and opposition to it is dangerous. Drinking hemlock, or being crucified, or thrown into a pit, or burned at the stake, or hung, or imprisoned, or assassinated, or beaten, or raped, or beheaded might be likely. The stronger the threat to those deep in Decay, the more powerful is their response. Decay spreads through societies because of fear and because it is contagious.
Without Words We Cannot Think
“Why does [government] not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults . . . ? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (speech 1848; 1849)