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01 February 2007

Street smarts

“Everyone agrees that justice is a good thing. But what price, justice? You see apartheid, prisoners of conscience, political hostages, and it’s easy enough to pay your subscription to Amnesty and sign the occasional petition, but would you go to jail for any of those things? What would I have done if I were…? Would I go to jail for…? I don’t know. If I’m ever faced with such a dilemma, I hope, by God’s grace, that I will keep my promises, do my duty and make the right choice. But nowadays, you can hardly expect anyone to sacrifice everything for a mere principle. And why should we? We’re just ordinary people. Like…., we’re just normal.”

Foreign Bodies
Hwee Hwee Tan

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