: to fight in order to keep (someone or something) safe: to not allow a person or thing to hurt, damage, or destroy (someone or something)
: to fight or work hard in order to keep (something, such as a right, interest, cause, etc.) from being taken away
: to speak or write in support of (someone or something that is being challenged or criticized)



Defend (v.): mid-13th century, from Old French defendre (12c.) “resist,” and directly from Latin defendereward off, protect, guard, allege in defense,” from defrom, away” + fendereto strike, push,” from Proto-Indo-European root *gwhen-to strike, kill” (related to: bane). In the Mercian hymns, Latin defendet is glossed by Old English gescildeð.



“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”

Laurie Halse Anderson (American writer best known for children, young adult, and historical fiction, best known for writing “Speak”)

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“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher, Oxford academic, and medical researcher)

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“Constitutional democracy, you see, is no romantic notion. It's our defense against ourselves, the one foe who might defeat us.”

Bill Moyers (b. 1934, American journalist and political commentator)

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“There would always be dishonorable things done to preserve the honor of any power.”

Robin Hobb (b. 1952, pseudonym of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, an American writer, best known as the author for the book set in the Realm of the Elderlings”)

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“The kind of love which makes us stand against everyone and defend a stranger is the strongest one.”

M.F. Moozajer (Afghanistan poet, writer and author of “The Journalist;” former intern for the U.N. Secretariat in Germany, current editor of the International Scientific Journal of Issues, and chairman of the Indie Authors Promotion Center)

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“Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal”

Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995, American economist, a revisionist historian, and political theorist who played a seminal role in the development of modern libertarianism)

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“How could you get mad at someone who neither needed to attack nor was at all worried about being able to defend? It was like getting mad at Switzerland.”

Karl Marlantes (b. 1944, American author, business consultant for various international energy companies, and decorated Marine veteran, who after serving in Vietnam for a year was awarded the Navy Cross, two Navy Cross, two Navy Commendation Medals for Valor, two Purple Hearts and ten air medals.)

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“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

— John Locke

What a profound concept, the idea of studying our world and mastering our capabilities to transcend and deflect perceived dangers with an arsenal of creative weaponry for many of life’s adventures.

Our real defense comes from our “offensive linemen” [and linewomen], our soul mates, those who have our backs and who know, accept, and love us no matter our conditions.

We also must not forget our spiritual unseen defensive linebackers, our guides and angels who work on our behalf, especially when we ask for their help.

Think also of how our planet’s natural defense systems, the many multi-dimensional programs that protect and sustain life.

With the many tidal waves and paradigm shifts we are currently undergoing it becomes apparent that we need each other, more than ever, to fend off the fears that blocks us from committing ourselves to our true callings.

Let’s continue to defend our right to be unique individuals thriving collectively to co-create our beautiful home planet.

Much Love, Tonya




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