Martin Luther King Jnr said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”. Yet it is so easy to stay quiet, to retreat from sticking our necks out for fear of being marginalised or ostracised.

But it is not only the big moral imperatives that scare us into silence; more often, we feel too hopeless to speak-up, victims of the world’s apathy and indifference, hushed by a profound ethical fatigue from swimming against the tide of what society wilfully accepts, condones and supports.  And while Bertrand Russell was spot on when he said:  “the fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatsoever that it is not utterly absurd” the reality is that we have lost the will to say, “This is not right, this is madness.”

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act …

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