Naipaul on Arab Spring:
Because, Respect dear reader, has to be earned.
It’s not begged, borrowed or imposed.
It’s not the fashionable;
it’s not the crowd, it’s not the fake nor the spurious.
It has to stand on its own.
Because, it comes from where other great things we know- love, passion, beauty, innocence, strength, justice, courage – come from. Courage, to disagree with millions, courage to stand ridicule, courage to stand being dismissed as a vain old fool.
Courage to see what things are for what they are, not what and how they ought to be.