Saturday, February 7, 2009

Why Not Take A Stand?


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I've got 10 minutes to write this...

You don't like taking a stand because it may rock the boat. It can create conflict. Everyone may not agree. It's possible that everyone may not like you after you take your stand. It requires you believe in something. Taking a stand means making a decision. It could mean you are wrong. It seems risky. Someone may challenge your stand and that would require you defending your stand, or worse, if they are right you may have to back down from your stand. It is comfortable to remain neutral, indifferent, and undecided.

These are some of the same reasons I don't enjoy taking a stand either. In fact it's the same reasons most people will choose to do nothing.

Four minutes...

Why not stand up? If refusing to stand means doing nothing, then why would you choose to remain neutral, indifferent, or undecided?

The media likes to make a big deal out of "the undecided" vote in the political realm. In my opinion, in life, voting, or anything else "the undecided" don't matter in the long run. The undecided are the ones who will be reluctant to take part. They'll be reluctant to stand up when needed. When it is critical to show up, the undecided will be missing. How can you rely on those who are going to vacillate and are unwilling to make a decision?

Perhaps the bigger question: Why would you choose not take a stand for something you believe in?

Time's up!

6 comments:

Kassandra said...

Can I give that an "amen"? Thanks for sharing Andrew, and thank you for the motivation.

Andrew Weaver said...

Yes, you may. And you're welcome. :)

Sarah Farrugia & Co said...

Wow, i wrote something with the same roots, i'd like to use this post to write an article in my trade press, fancy collaborating?

Anonymous said...

Kassandra didn't ask for permission Andrew, she only asked if she had the ability. ;)
Only she knows the answer to that one.

Kassandra said...

Har Har. Aren't you cute...

Anonymous said...

Cute is a bit childish. I actually prefer handsome. I also know how to use correct grammar. ;)