I know that many of you don’t know who Giovanni Falcone is, but in this day I want to share something he said before he died, exactly 25 years ago today. He was a judge, a brave, brave man, who fought against organised crime until the very end; He was killed in a bombing that also killed his wife and three bodyguards. Before he died, he said, “Men pass and go, but ideas remain, and will keep walking either the legs of other men.”
He said, “What’s important is not to establish whether someone is afraid, it is to know how to live with his fear and don’t let it affect us. That’s bravery. Otherwise, it’s thoughtlessness.”
Before he died, speaking about Mafia, although it can be applied to anything, he said: “It’s a human phenomenon, and like all human phenomena it has a beginning, an evolution, and it will also have an end.”
At that time, his brutal killing - and that of another judge named Borsellino, a friend of his who fought with him, not even two months afterwards - was meant to mean: we won. You will live in fear. You are ours. You will live in terror. But he truly believed that things could change and get better, that one day, sooner or later, justice would win. And his death came to symbolise the fight of many people who won’t let fear win.
It will have an end. Don’t let fear win.