Liberty Is the Right to Be Honest
Words of Wisdom from Cuban national hero José Martí: "Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think, and to speak without hypocrisy. ... A man who obeys a bad government is not an honest man."
José Martí (1853-1895) was a Cuban national hero and indelible figure in Latin American literary history. He was a poet, publisher, journalist, essayist, translator, revolutionary philosopher, professor, and political theorist. He was celebrated as a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain and is regarded as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence."
Not too long ago, we used this space to discuss the amorphous nature of liberty, a word that resonates much more in people's hearts than in their heads. The always-cerebral José Martí was able to pin down what liberty meant to him:
"Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy. ... A man who obeys a bad government is not an honest man."
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- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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- President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
- Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
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