People can show a lot of courage under adversity. At some point their fear of what might happen is taken over for a desire to be what they want to be and have freedom.
That has been the case for 14 year old Malala Yousufzai, who was reportedly shot by a Taliban extremist in Pakistan on Tuesday. She and another girl on a school bus were questioned by a man, who then shot both of them.
Yousufzai had been blogging about the difficulties of living under the shadow of the Taliban for three years. Because of her writing and courage she had been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Now she lays in a hospital fighting for her life.
The message of her shooting brought tears to my eyes, just as it should yours. We are all tired of the war in Afganistan, after a decade of losing our own young women and men to Taliban bullets and explosives. But at times like these, when you hear about such vicious acts, it is hard to say we will give up.
This is just one girl, who notably had stuck her neck out. Who knows how many others have faced this or worse (if there is such a thing) not because they blogged about it or said something on television, but because they uttered an errant sentence to the wrong person or decided to live their own life, their way.
It should also be an important message to our own children and grandchildren. The sinister menace of those who want control of peoples lives (and supposedly souls) will do anything to win. It has been seen all through history; from the times of the Egyptian Pharoahs to the Allatolah of todays Iran. Hitler had nothing on these thugs that operate under the guise of a holy war on those who think differently than they do.
In her case the main reason for her speaking out was about the education of young women and how the Taliban oppose it. She was shot for that.
Our teenagers think we are tough on them when we ground them, take away their cell phones or say they can't drive the family car for a week because they didn't do their homework.
Based on what happened Tuesday our kids ought to be glad they have the privilage of doing that homework, don't you think?