<Back to Forum Afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead Submitted on Mar 4, 2015 by Frank Forman (Col ’66, Grad ’68) Do you feel that faculty and students at UVa. are sometimes afraid? Out of personal feelings? Out of fear of repercussions? And what about yourself, which is more important? Comments (1): The truth is extremely powerful and it takes tremendous courage to live in the truth. It is easier to choose to remain with the status quo of the whole and to avoid risks (the bystander theory) for many reasons, including apathy, fear of being persecuted or rejected or simply seen as different or not normal. Yes, I believe human beings in general are afraid to follow the truth because the “group” does not. Thankfully, some individuals live in and follow the truth no matter what others in society or the community (or smaller groups) say or do. As for me, I prefer to strive to live in the light and the truth. Reply Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.