You can judge a society by how it treats its truthtellers and liars. A society that rewards its liars and punishes its truthtellers has morally decayed.

You can judge a society by how it expresses itself through its literature, its art, its song, its culture. A society that loses its culture starves its soul. A society that loses its hope will soon stop dreaming. A society that stops questioning will be told what to think. A society that rises through theft and deceit will produce indecency. A society that burns its history will live in its ashes. A world in fear’s shadow will not feel the sun.

A garden untended may yield only weeds. A society robbed of romance will not see hearts stirred. Hearts unstirred cannot find love. And hearts unloved will at last stop beating.

Avery Freauxbischer

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