The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it

–Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States of America. He was nicknamed the ‘Schoolmaster of Politics’ and is still remembered for his high-minded idealism. His words seem to be applicable to not only in current times but in history when people like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela fought in the civil rights movement for the African Americans despite having to face suppression from the governments of that time.

Whistle-blowers like Thomas Drake exposed the government of the United States for violating the rights of billions of people all over the world and spying on them –their movements, their communication and their daily routines and hobbies. Despite being arrested, fired and destroyed financially and professionally, what’s most unfortunate is the fact that his warning went unnoticed. It wasn’t until more recently, individuals like Edward Snowden, who also faced the wrath of the government for doing the exact same thing, that more individuals became aware of the violations of their government and spoke out against their actions.

Similarly, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese politician, spent 15-20 years in house arrest because she tried to advocate democracy as the political system that should be followed in Burma.

Individuals like them, who decide to go against the authorities and the political or social norms of society are ones who truly know of the power they hold and should be commended for making great sacrifices acting out in the favour of the greater good of the people despite having to face immense opposition.