Full Life Heroes: Mahmoud Vahidnia

As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a free society. The protections granted by the First Amendment allow us to openly express our opinions on a variety of issues, up to and including vocal criticism of our government. This, of course, is not true in all parts of the world, which makes the story of Mahmoud Vahidnia all the more stunning. A reportedly mild-mannered math prodigy, Vahidnia had the courage to openly criticize Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in person; an unprecedented occurrence which has basically made Vahidnia a folk hero in his native country.

Such acts of bravery serve as an inspiration to all of us, and remind us to never take our freedom for granted. It is also a powerful reminder of how single acts of fortitude, when magnified on an increasingly visible world stage, can actually inspire others to aim toward greater freedom and civil rights for all.

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