Hello RDA Family
“During times of psychological warfare, collective courage of conviction will be our strongest weapon” Monica Smit
The first thing I want to say is that everyone’s support somehow makes its way into my 3.5 x 3m cell. Knowing you’re all out there keeping the flame of democracy alive gives me strength and peace.
I have thought a lot about our ancestors who were thrown into concrete rooms, tortured and even killed for what they stood for.
Our fight for freedom is child’s play compared to theirs. You and I know we’re in a bloodless war, called psychological warfare. Our sacrifice might not be of the flesh, but more so of the mind. The way we will win is by keeping our minds strong, hopeful and positive. If we let them crush our soul or make us feel defeated, we’ll surely fail. Our number one weapon is courage of conviction, never forget that.
I don’t want sympathy or praise; all I want is to somehow inspire others to reach inside and find their inner strength and conviction. Don’t compare your strength to others, remember we’re all unique with different abilities, characters and most importantly, states-in-life. Deep down, we all know what we’re capable of, all I ask is for you to explore that. According to your lifestyle, profession, and character…find a little more strength. Maybe tell your neighbour what you really think or stand up to your boss…learn to say no.
Maybe you’re in a position of influence and need a nudge to speak up…maybe this is that nudge?
I wasn’t always like this. I had to find my strength the same way I’m asking you to. Once you start, you’ll never look back. It’s truly empowering to learn what you’re capable of. I can almost guarantee you’ll be happier and more fulfilled than you’ve ever been.
I don’t want to live the rest of my life in a country like this…do you?
I’ll leave on this final quote
If not now, when?
If not you, who?
A message to you from Cell 22 (Monica Smit)