Authoritarians invert the negotiating strategy that civil society expects from people in power. Instead of telling the truth about the past, and lying about the future, authoritarians do the opposite. That is the fundamental source of their power.
Do you have to be courageous, determined, steadfast, defiant, to do anything worthy in this life? Of course. But with two conditions. One, in service to. People, humanity, the future, the planet, human possibility. Two, with humility, grace, forgiveness respect, empathy, wisdom.