Today, N. reminded me that this week is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest and massacre that occured before he was born.
This is our rememberance of the Lone Rebel and our reminder of the cost of liberty...
Their actions clearly showed that their desire for power was greater than their concern for the future.
This is why we are 'boycotting' the Olympic Games this year. We will not watch them, nor will we participate in the hoop-la associated with them. We will not purchase anything from the sponsors of the broadcasts during the Games.
Perhaps our action is meaningless in a larger sense.
But we cannot look at that picture of the Lone Rebel and not be ashamed if we do nothing.
As for our nation's participation in the games, I fear we have sold our birthright of liberty for a mess of pottage in the form of credit for consumer goods.
Is the liberty this Lone Hero offered his life for really worth so little to those of us born in a land "conceived in Liberty?"
Addendum 9 June: Dan over at the Edge of Reason has written a post about the courage of the Unknown Rebel in which he says: "Heroism is not restricted to characters in stories..." I enjoyed his very thoughtful post.