Some years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the 12th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Jody Williams, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the instatement of an International Treaty banning anti-personnel land mines, spoke eloquently about the power of moral courage.
"Each time you stand up for what you believe is right, it makes your muscles stronger. Doing this will define how you will be seen. Far more important, it will define what you see in the mirror".
Jody Williams said something else that day which I will never forget. Looking at the many fellow Nobel Prize winners on the stage, she observed that there were many differences which marked their lives. But, she continued, there is one thing we all have in common.
"We didn't ask for permission".