Many of you know Bruce Sterling as a science fiction author, and that's true enough. He's also an incredible observer of the world. Agree or disagree with his positions and his politics, if you don't see that, well, you're just blind.
At the South by Southwest Conference, he made the following observation in his closing speech:
"If I've learned anything from hanging out with the Eastern European dissident crowd," he said, "it's make no decision out of fear."
People, those are words of formidable wisdom.