If I burned your favorite book, would you salvage every page you could? Would you help preserve its message, even through the smoke and soot? If I argued that your blades were dull, would you cut my throat to prove me wrong? Would you use my blood to splatter your thoughts all across these empty walls?

You’d be surprised to know, there’s no armored man on a pale white horse that rides into town and sends you to war. Under the floorboards, it’s easy to ignore the roars of the pillagers who come wanting what’s yours. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” If you care to try or try to care, I can’t ask for more than that. But nothing is going to change unless...

Unless you let the colors run and the words bleed off the page and allow imagination to course through your veins. Unless you place yourself inside the vulnerable mind of another ailing author who has nothing to hide.

Unless you’re willing to break the boundary between what you think you can and cannot be. Unless you’re able to keep carrying on through the times that your binding may come undone. Unless you stand by your opinions, even when all the criticisms begin rolling in. Unless you cater to no one and just say what you mean; unless, unless, unless…

Unless you create your own settings and create your own scenes. Unless you set your sights on something and you reach, reach, reach. Unless you value what’s right over some gold-plated peace prize; unless you fight and fight and fight and fight.

Unless you fight for every letter and you fight for every indent. Unless you fight for every dot and expressive punctuation. Unless you fight for perfect bookends. Unless you fight for every breath. Unless, unless, unless, unless, you fight against being oppressed.

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