All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke PC (12 January [NS] 1729– 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.
He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the “Old Whigs”, in opposition to the pro–French Revolution “New Whigs”, led by Charles James Fox.
Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals in the 19th century. Since the 20th century, he has generally been viewed as the philosophical founder of modern Conservatism, as well as a representative of classical liberalism.
I watched the movie ‘tears of the sun’ the other day. I’ve seen it before, but when it popped up on my Netflix account, I couldn’t help but want to see it again. It is a movie about a navy seal team that is sent into Nigeria to pick up an American citizen, before her mission is wiped out by an army group of ethnic cleansers.
Rather than allow all the villagers and missionaries to die, the Lieutenant of the Seal Team decides to rescue them by marching 40 miles toward Cambodia. The story is about how evil can only triumph when good men do nothing. The movie illustrates that doing the right thing is not easy and lives can be lost, but that it is soul redeeming, and the right thing to do for your fellow man. Our country is at a crossroads right now, and it will take good men to stand up and speak out against tyranny and oppression.
No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. – Edmund Burke
Never think that you cannot do enough by yourself. The very fact that you might read something like this means that you are already doing something to help the cause of freedom. The next best thing is that you speak out. It doesn’t matter if you only tell one or two people what you’ve found out because that will help immensely. In network marketing we’re taught about multiplication. If I tell 5 people, and they tell people and so on another five times, that’s 15625 people who have benefited along the way. Never assume that you can’t do something to help.
It doesn’t matter if you write, research, talk to others, attend a tea party meeting, attend your local town-hall meeting, or simply read about current events. Staying informed and learning the truth is the gateway to knowledge and ideas, and ideas backed by knowledge and wisdom change the world.
The difference between good and evil is you. Remember that, and act upon it.
Even if you’re the only man standing; you are standing, and that makes all the difference.