This story might do nobody any good. At the end of this narration, you may accuse the journalist for fouling a comfortable nest. People may accuse Harry for been given the hospitality to heretical and even dangerous ideas. Harry was an editor - good, silent, obedient, comfortable and complacent and has built in allergy to unpleasant and disturbing information like any of us. He had to investigate and report the murder of his father. He knew that the MLA did this deed. Harry was depressed at the same time he wanted retribution, but fear of death held him back. He was afraid of the consequences which reporting against a politician would bring.
Harry knew that if what he writes is responsible, he alone is responsible for the doing of it. He knew that if he did not reveal the truth, it would be a true evidence of decadence; escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live in. He believed in the saying that – “history will be what he make it”. If he goes on as he is, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up.
Harry looked 3 lines in Shakespeare’s Cesar and found this line which is not altogether inappropriate – “The Fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.”. This made Harry to think. He understood that men should not walk with fear for one another. He will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. He realized that he was not a descendant of a family who feared to write, associate, speak or even to defend the causes that were at the moment unpopular.
Harry believed 20 years ago and still do, that mature people can engage in conversation and controversy; the clash of ideas with difference without being contaminated or converted. He also believed his faith, conviction and determination is stronger than others are and that he can be successful not only in the area of reasoning but also in the area of words. Words will always retain their power - Words of the meanest meaning, for those who has the will to understand. He decided to pen down the truth.
Next day, the organization gave him the pink slip. He felt no bitterness, as he was sure that the enlightenment received on this subject by a few million people would determine the future of this country. He knew what he did was right and had nothing to lose. The newspaper had become an instrument for entertainment purpose only. However, it can be used to enlighten and inspire provided, humans are determined to use it effectively otherwise, it is merely a waste paper.
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