le Carre on Courage

The only thing we can say with safety, perhaps, is that the greatest threat to mankind comes from the renunciation of individual scruple in favor of the institutional denominators; from the adoption of slogan, and the mute acceptance of pre-packaged animosities, in preference to the hard-fought decisions of the individual, humanistic conscience. Real heroism lies, as it always will, not in conformity or even patriotism, but in acts of solitary moral courage.

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