By Natan Sharansky
Who's greater ready to confront demanding situations and guard rules in a unstable glossy global? people with robust nationwide, non secular, ethnic, or tribal identities who settle for democracy, or democrats who surrender identification as one of those divisive prejudice?
Natan Sharansky, development on his own adventure as a dissident, argues that worthless cosmopolitanism, even in democracies, is risky. greater to have adversarial identities framed via democracy than democrats detached to identity.
In a full of life insightful problem to the left and correct alike, Natan Sharansky, as he has proved many times, is on the cutting edge of the problems that body our time.
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You must worry about remaining a free person, true to your convictions and part of a broader world that shares them. You refuse to succumb to the fear of death by refusing to succumb to the fear of being alone in the world. Instead, you think of the values that extend beyond you, of your connection to others, of the vision you share in common. You refuse to go back to being alone. You refuse to go back to being a slave. At the time of my interrogations, I did not have the right words to describe this feeling of commitment that provided me with such a powerful sense of inner freedom.
In this way, we could coordinate protests and watch for and denounce specific abuses. If one prisoner was being beaten or harassed, we would all protest with hunger or work strikes. In this way, despite KGB barriers and provocations, prisoners with different identities became trustworthy allies, giving strength to each other to face a common enemy. I had been familiar with Pentecostal communities from documents the Helsinki Group had published to expose Soviet repression. I had met some of them before my arrest, helping to organize their meetings with Western journalists.
No one would know about my final days. I would be totally alone. The Soviet regime was predicated on controlling, largely through fear, the minds and the thoughts of hundreds of millions of people. The existence of even a single person who does not succumb to fear, who publicly defies it, endangers the entire system. The regime had to crush all signs of dissent, however small and seemingly insignificant. “You should not be so stubborn and inflexible,” my interrogators told me. “Cooperate and you will go free.