Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – Knowing when to say “no”

By Paulo Coelho

“Hitler may have lost the war on the battlefield, but in the end he gained something,” says M. Halter. “For in the 20th century man created the concentration camp and revived torture, and taught his fellow men that it is possible to turn a blind eye to the misfortune of others.”
Perhaps he is right: there are homeless children, innocent men in prison, lonely old people, drunks in the gutters, madmen in power.
But perhaps he is not right at all: there are warriors of the light.
And warriors of light never accept that which is unacceptable.

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  1. wanbliska says:

    You're true Annie. Freedom is a gift, but when we know how to fill and feed it.


  2. David Ranftl says:

    Going to war is an act of love
    it demands great courage to face pain
    the warrior of light who believes in the goodwill
    is chosen to lead the misfortuned through the valley of
    darkness so that they will reach the light of god
    have merci on those who will never pick up a tool
    to make it his weappon for he is to scared to be slaughtered
    by the weappons of evil
    this misfortuned will never reach the place that god designed for him

  3. neelu says:

    dear friends,pessimism cannot fight the messengers of darkness,right or wrong is something very relative just like motion and rest,why hitler be discussed why not mother teresa- the warrior of light,what happens is what you think can.let’s light the flame,warriors will be availaible.
    love all

  4. aditya says:

    Hi paulo & freinds

    If we consider khalil gibran, then Hitler merely brought to reality that which was hidden in rest of us also. By no stretch of imagination what hitler did can be condoned, but he gives us an oppertunity to refelct on our own selves and gurad against being oppressive towards others.

    the ‘atrocities’ continue even today, maybe in a more ‘civilised’ manner. the pacakging changes but the substance remains same.

    these tow are forces of nature 1. warrior of light & 2. messagngers of darkness. They say good, truth always prevails, but it always seems to be in future, in the end good wins, but there is no end, and till then darkenss keeps on winning its little battles.


  5. Tania says:

    Never !!Blessings Tania

  6. Nia Wind says:

    for the light…
    warriors should always know when it´s time to go on their knees…


  7. Caris Noor says:

    I’ve been conditioned to think that blending in with the majority meant a generally comfortable passage through life. This meant saying “yes” along with the majority when inside, it felt more like “no”. It seems that people generally have an inherent fear of being ostracized from society for voicing opinions that conflict with the majority. I used to have a similar fear. But with time and conscious effort to get back in touch with God and my spiritual self, I learned that in order to truly feel that we are God’s emissaries in this world, one of the things we need to do is to stand up for what we believe is right even if it means having to stand up alone. Even if it means saying “NO” when everyone is saying “YES.” I am still human, however, and so I still carry that fear of being rejected by society. However with every stance I make for what I believe is right in the face of ridicule and embarassment, I become a little bit stronger in my role as God’s soldier – His warrior of light.

    John 15:19–If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

  8. Osbaldo Gutierrez -Los Angeles says:

    I love the story! Your definately a social worker at heart Mr. Coelho! Fighter of social justice, & healer of the mind and heart.

  9. wanbliska says:

    You’re true Annie. Freedom is a gift, but when we know how to fill and feed it.


  10. wanbliska says:

    Did we really need to “revive torture: he’s wrong.
    Transform alpha alone in an eye, and you have the name of stupidity.
    Still, say “no” is the only word I’m hissing. Surely not high sufficient.

  11. Agnieszka says:

    The cruelty, injustice, sorrow, hate,; from those we should never turn our heads away.