Have you ever had to stand up for yourself against some form of injustice? Have you dared to voice a truth to stop something unfair happening to someone else? If so, you've done something that many around you wouldn't do.
Whether it's righting a simple wrong, clearing up an allegation or preventing a miscarriage of justice, the truth is invaluable.
What are the consequences of telling the truth? For some it's a price that keeps on taking until their last breath, like a pack of hounds after a fox. People fearing the truth will seek to discredit you where possible, in order to minimise the impact of your truth. They will ostracise you and leave you unsupported. I've witnessed and been subjected to these methods for most of my life ... because I've told the truth or done the right thing.
Knowing everything I do now about the way of the world, would I have chosen to let the matters slide and just quietly get on with my life? No ... because we have to do the right thing and not just focus on our own needs. Walking a certain path makes us who we are.
There are so many of you that have lived ... and continue to live your lives in the same way ... with honour and dignity. Every time I see something on Social Media about one of you I feel a sense of connection and purpose; as a result that helps me because I know that I'm not alone in the way that I live and that these values are respected and upheld by other people too. You give me the courage to carry on. Thank you.
I hope that we can encourage later generations to uphold the same values and to look outside of their own circle.