Sooner or later, someone, somewhere will cry out against a wrong, no matter how small and despised their voice to begin with, nor how long they have tolerated it previously.

This pithy assertion caught my attention just as three former Presidents – who once seemed unassailable – were being held to account for various forms of corruption. As I write this, two of them have just begun prison sentences of 12 and 24 years respectively.

‘God always works in this way. Deep in the foundations of wrong he buries the small despised cry of justice.’


Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 41

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