Terry Pratchett was an English author who primarily wrote books in the fantasy genre. He died five years ago, exactly 40 years after his first book was published.
Terry was known for his special brand of wit, which often influenced the excellent bits of social commentary he unleashed into the world.
Recently, one woman on Twitter rounded up some of Terry’s best quotes, and they’re completely spot-on for the days we are living through right now.
Specifically, these quotes speak to a major social issue that’s inspired conversations around the world: what should we do about the police in the United States?
There have also been a lot of stories in the news this year about the wealthy and powerful abusing the system to only gain more for themselves.
And obviously, the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police in Louisville and Minneapolis caused mass outrage.
Portland, Oregon, has also seen a notable rise in use of federal force against citizens who were just out exercising their right to protest.
Powerful people usually lob around excuses to cover their backs if/when they get caught, and this quote definitely calls for an end to that practice.
This quote definitely hearkens back to the ongoing discussion about police and morality in the United States.
This next quote is particularly powerful: it’s one thing to steal money and property, but it’s quite another to attempt to wrest the soul away from people, or even a nation.
There has been an increased focus on housing and making sure it is accessible and affordable for many.
We often look down on people who live in less-desirable housing, but we haven’t had a national reckoning about what to do with landlords who don’t appropriately look after the properties they own.
Another perpetually powerful idea and necessary discussion is about the idea that “good” people can follow bad orders.
It doesn’t matter how good you are if you give in to something terrible.
This quote about the law pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?
The ideas of “good” and “evil” are always being debated and discussed, and they have a lot more to do with who you are and what you do and less to do with who you do or do not pray to.
This quote is exceptional: good vs. evil and right vs. wrong aren’t always the same conversation, now are they?
There is definitely some powerful stuff.
Which of these quotes is your favorite?
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