This phrase was coined by Louis Brandeis, a justice of the US Supreme Court. He was one of the great defenders of both freedom of speech an privacy that this country has ever seen. His successor to his place on the court—William O. Douglas—said of him, "Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent might be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage. He was dangerous because he was incorruptible." He sounds like a strong candidate for my short list of personal heroes.
Thus, I will continue my blogging about issues important to me, whether it be freedom of speech, privacy, technology, or even education. To allow threats of physical violence or legal action to censor my thoughts would be ceding to the darkness. As difficult, or uncomfortable, or intimidating as it may be, I feel obliged to shine my own bit of disinfecting sunshine on the darkness.
I do think it's telling that rather than responding to the clear, rational, and resoned evidence I present, some of those who disagree resort to personal attacks and lies. Sadly I don't believe there is any consructive way for me to directly interact with the Bullis board. So I reaffirm my commitment here to no longer do so. They are the scorpion; it's in their nature. But neither will I allow the fear of being stung prevent me from doing what I feel is right.
A wise man once told me that it is better to be courageous than fearless. Fearless people are emotionless people; They are living in a fantasy world by suppressing their emotions. Courageous people fully feel the fear (and other emotions), but they don't let their emotions control them. This is who I aspire to be.