The Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn died yesterday.
Solzhenitsyn claimed that the greatest problem in the West was a loss of 'civil courage.' I am not sure that I agree with this great man, but I would say that courage is a desirable virtue.
I want to encourage those who remove their shoes at the door but who are afraid to ask visitors to do the same. Don't be afraid. Take courage. People are mostly not going to be offended if you ask them nicely. It only takes a few people to change a culture.