His Friends Were Breaking The Law. His Only Regret Now Is That He Didn’t Join Them.

Grassroots activists, soldiers, rebels, and resisters all wrestle with the issue that Justin beautifully describes in his bite-size story. Don't miss the end.

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Justin Yuing: There is no free lunch in the world. We need to sacrifice for something to enjoy the true freedom. It was a hot summer, we were protesting in the street. Demanding for democratic government and a better future. We marched towards the government building. It was a peaceful and legal protest. However, we all knew that simply protesting we wouldn't be effective. The government wouldn't listen to us.

So my friends started to ran out of the pavement and occupy the driveway and hold each others hands, shouted for our motos and slogans right on the driveway to show our freedom, faith and belief. I wanted to follow them, but I didn't because it was illegal. I stood there. I just didn't know what to do. I didn't know why, but now I know. I was afraid of getting arrested. I was scared of losing everything that I have, but when I saw my friends do that without any hesitation in their mind, I felt upset and duty for myself.

I am a coward. I am a coward who wanted to fight for something, but wasn't willing to pay for any costs. I regret. Courage... I need courage. I need to be brave enough to give up some of my privilege for the greater good of the generation or else nothing will be changed. Justin Yuing, Hong Kong

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