Why we MUST keep going

There is a a very apt poem written by Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor who spoken out against Adolph Hitler.

This poem expresses his own guilt BUT also expresses why it is SO important to help others fight against the Authoritarian incursions against their freedoms. To push back against these bullies BEFORE they become your problem.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Now how may this relate to us?

First they came for Academia, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an Academic.

Then they came for the Comics/Sci-Fi/Atheists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Comic Geek/Sci-Fi Geek/Atheist.

Then they came for the Gamers, BUT I did speak out because I knew IF I didn’t, 

there would be no one left to speak when they came for me.

We HAD to fight these guys and we HAVE to keep fighting. If others want to borrow what we can afford to give, we should not spurn this.

We must not give up.

When this is over and they relax their tentacles and slither away, I will follow them and fight them at the next fandom or industry.

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