In recognitition of those Pakistani attorneys who have bravely stood against the truncheons of government thugs in defense of that nation's laws and constitution, I offer the the following encouragement from the Roman poet Ovid:
The purpose of laws is to prevent the strong from always having their way.
He who would not be idle, let him fall in love.
Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.
The wit of man has devised cruel statutes,
And nature oft permits what is by law forbid.
Passion persuades me one way, reason another.
I see the better and approve it, but I follow the worse.
She who resists as though she would not win,
By her own treason falls an easy prey.
If it never be unbent,
will lose its power.
Though strength be wanting,
the will to action
What we call birth
Is but a beginning to be something else
Than what we were before;
and when we cease
To be that something,
then we call it death.
When worse may yet befall, there’s room for prayer,
But when our fortune’s at its lowest ebb,
We trample fear beneath our feet, and live
Without a fear of evil yet to come.
Let others seek safety.
Nothing is safer than misfortune,
Where there’s no fear of greater ill to come.
Jove send me more such afternoons as this.
"Nobility lies in the man, my prince, not in the towel. "
-Richard Burton as Thomas a Beckett
Good show, counselors.
Bloody good show.