Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing thoughts in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” A smiling Nelson Mandela did this. A rank and unruly partisanship shrivelled at his feet.
Freedom is an inner state, not an outer circumstance. Some enter a state of grace in jail. Nelson Mandela did. And until his own death, Ruth Ellis’ executioner was haunted by her smile.
Freedom describes an inner condition, not an outer circumstance. Some men have found their freedom on a prison range.
No man is free who cannot forgive.