The novelist Salman Rushdie lived under a death threat for many years after the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini ordered his death in 1989. He was interviewed by the New York Times.
Something he said struck a chord:
Q. What advice do you have for someone who might find himself under a similar threat?
A. Two bits of advice, really. One has to do with the head and the other is practical. The thing in the head is: Don’t compromise. It’s a question of self-knowledge, knowing who you are And why you did what you did. Stand up for it. The other thing is that if I were to do it again, I would refuse the hiding. I’d say: “I’ve got a house, I’m going home. Protect me.”
None of us is under a death threat. Thank you-know-who. But there is an idea here that we must listen to: “Don’t compromise. It’s a question of self-knowledge, knowing who you are, and why you did what you did. Stand up for it.”
Stand up for it. Do not be afraid. Do not live in fear. Do not cower.
In unity there is strength.