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All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent. ....
Kahlil Gibran

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,
Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.
Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.
And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfilment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,
But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?
In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle your eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?
If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.
You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.
And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?
And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.
And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.
Shaparak My dear Marilyn!
appreciate your effort to respect freedom
Thanks for this beautiful post and nice words
Best regards
Shaparak · 2012-02-14: 01:23
lmxg2011 just beutiful
lmxg2011 · 2012-02-14: 01:34
EvaLizette Great post Mxx. Love the words and The picture
EvaLizette · 2012-02-14: 01:39
plhearts Freedom for Iran..!
plhearts · 2012-02-14: 02:23
maudlaurens L'espoir, toujours l'espoir...d'une vie meilleure !
maudlaurens · 2012-02-14: 03:23
davidcardona Beautiful view! Great composition and excellent depth of field concept! I added this one into my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
davidcardona · 2012-02-14: 03:30
mazpics Beautiful shot...amazing post.
mazpics · 2012-02-14: 04:49
MoMac Lovely shot and significant words for this freedom cause .
BTW is there no TI this week ?
MoMac · 2012-02-14: 05:06
camilleauteuil je déteste les chaînes et les grilles
camilleauteuil · 2012-02-14: 06:09
SewerRanger Beautiful photo. Fantastic job.
SewerRanger · 2012-02-14: 08:03
Arie Nice post...
Arie · 2012-02-14: 09:58
sweetspy wow!nice pic, shot and composition!:) i less often get lucky to capture butterflies in flowers...;(
sweetspy · 2012-02-14: 10:02
????? ExCeLLent!!
????? · 2012-02-14: 10:18
borogovoi meravigliosa foto...e bellissime parole...Brava !
borogovoi · 2012-02-14: 10:50
gonia very good words! thank you.
gonia · 2012-02-14: 13:54
tomie great words and picture!
tomie · 2012-02-14: 14:05
farideh Thank you so much
farideh · 2012-02-14: 14:44
va000119 Good blog,and I always love photos of butterflies, ephemeral but strong a good metaphor. :-))
va000119 · 2012-02-14: 18:52
kopisusu Yes.. FREEDOM.!
Great words & pic.
kopisusu · 2012-02-14: 19:53
????? great image
????? · 2012-02-14: 19:54
liveandletlive Marilyn this is a magnificent post and Gibran is my absolute favorite.
liveandletlive · 2012-02-14: 21:08
lookagain A fantastic post indeed....
lookagain · 2012-02-14: 21:13
slowpete great photo . love how the flowers match the butterfly
slowpete · 2012-02-15: 00:56
helys Freedom for all !
helys · 2012-02-15: 06:10
Unchained Lovely tribute for the Iranian people.
Unchained · 2012-02-15: 12:47
Jarvo Super post. Bravo.
Jarvo · 2012-02-15: 20:56
ArtBee Gorgeous! Freedom for Iran!
ArtBee · 2012-02-16: 10:21
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