‘We are the Blessed. Together we are strong. Together we are free. We understand that freedom is our enemy, that my freedom is my neighbour’s shackles. Freedom causes enmity and hatred. We understand we have to accept authority, love and obey it. The symbol of this obedience – the true freedom – is the Wall that Protects Us All.’
Why do these words seem so wrong? What is wrong with me for not believing them? What if they find out what I’m thinking? Elder Pearson is scanning row after row of girls and teachers listening to his Friday lecture. He’s studying each and every one of us to expose those who might doubt. The doubters will be Shunned. Then you’ll be on the other side of the wall – without protection. There is nothing in this world I fear more.