This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

John Steinbeck

Vocabulary Help

  • fight against – lutar contra
  • fight for – lutar a favor
  • freedom – liberdade
  • free – livre
  • hate – odiar
  • kill – matar
  • mind – mente
  • patter – padrão
  • thing – coisa
  • try – tentar
  • understand (understand, understood, understood) – entender, compreender
  • valuable – vlioso
  • wish – desejo
  • world – mundo