“Daily, men and women do a score of things that they know to be hurtful and insane, because they fear to be accounted “peculiar,” and “not quite respectable;” and so it comes about that “the keeping up of appearances” as it is called, the incessant striving to be popular at all costs, engenders endless hypocrisies and falsehoods, and makes knaves and cowards.”
~ Geoffrey Mortimer, 1897
As applicable today as it was then.
Ttruly, evil exists not due to those who commit evil acts, but for all those who do good and know better, yet stand back and watch as evil acts are done because they fear doing what they know is right – a fear that is usually based on our desire to be accepted and liked.
Goodness, happiness, and freedom are found in the courage it takes to do what is right, regardless of any fears or insecurities.
This takes strength and moral fortitude, but is such an important lesson to learn if we wish to help make this world a better place – and especially if we wish to find peace and happiness in our own lives.