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Opinion: Take a stand

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I am less interested in sharing what I believe. Instead I encourage you to support what you believe. Take a stand for what you believe in.

If you don’t know what you believe: figure that out. Find what you are willing to live for and use it to drive your decisions.

If you don’t have something that you believe in, what are you doing? When you do not state your case, you are giving aid to those who are the loudest, the scariest or the most powerful. If you are unwilling to make a decision on what is good and what is bad, you will be helping those who will do what they want with the silent acquiescence.

To quote Fulton Sheen: “The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”

There is nothing subtle about this quote. It highlights what I believe to be one of the greatest issues in our current society. We refuse to stand for or against anything.  We are full of passive statements that begin with “well for me…” or “this is just my opinion…”.

We say all these things to soften our statements and avoid offending someone. When we do this, we are willingly avoiding the declaration of that for which we stand. Opinion is soft. Belief is what is necessary.

Grow up and stand for something. Have conviction. Stop hiding behind statements like “my truth” or “acceptance”. If something is evil: do not accept it. If something is good, then embrace it.

If you are unsure about if something is one or the other: learn as much as you can about the subject. We have great resources at the tips of our fingers such as Google, teachers and other people. Just remember to check every side of a subject. There are biased sources on all sides. Do not allow something to go unaddressed just because you don’t want to make an opinion.

Finally, embrace the idea that your choice may be wrong. It happens. Sometimes you may have to change on which side of an issue you fall on.

You change sides when learn more about the subject or as you solidify what you believe. The more that you know, the less we censor. The more that we learn, the better we are able to understand for what we should stand.

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”