what am I afraid of most

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what am I afraid of mostyou’re the nice family I know

good people

who have seen the world

tasted its hurts, madness and fears

for this you defend your right

to defend your rights

you’re the nice neighbours

who I know

love, respect, honour and care

although I disapprove of what you say

will I defend to the death your right to say it

can I do you the kindness

of challenging those rights

before you kill all the children?

With acknowledgement to Evelyn Beatrice Hall. In her biography on Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (which is often misattributed to Voltaire himself) as an illustration of Voltaire’s beliefs. Hall’s quote is often cited to describe the principle of freedom of speech.