Self-expression is the fountain of youth, it is the creator of beauty. It is the hopeless addiction the frustration of which leads to violence and bloodshed. Repression is of exactly that - self-expression. Whether we are repressing ourselves by taking sides with the oppressor or allowing ourselves to be repressed, as in feeling that being a victim is the necessary route to take to get to our needs.
My father discovered the secret of the hopeless addiction to self-expression and realized that nothing could stand in the way of this, and therefore harbored no illusions to the contrary. As a result he is now an immensely prolific author, playwright, actor, painter, artist, poet and gardener, and still a very happy and youthful man in his eighties.