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The Silence of Good People

One of my favorite expressions is “When you are complacent, you are complicit”.  I believe in standing up for what is right. In today’s time, many people will just look away and not get involved when there is wrong doing going on; abuse, misuse, injustice, crime happen with good people turning their heads. And so, if we are someone watching these things happening and doing nothing, we are complicit. We become part of those who are responsible because we failed to stand up for what is right.

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This morning I was reading my feed online and came across this video. It is actually staged to see just what people will do and the result is amazing. So many just agree with the person being ugly to the young man with Down’s Syndrome but a few surprise you and stand up for what is right. Which one of these people would you be? Would you be afraid to stand up? And I find it ironic that it is women mostly who are standing up for what is right. Perhaps it is the mother instinct in us that makes them say “This is someone’s child. What if it were yours?” Perhaps it is just the difference in how men view the situation as compared to women. No matter the reason, not standing up is complacency and makes us complicit.

Complacency is the easy way out and so many do it today. Fear of retribution, fear of being judged, fear of making someone angry usually are the reasons that hold people back from speaking out. Look at our world today. Look at our country and see how many are upset over how things are going but will not become involved to change it. Many will not even bother voting to change it much less speak up for change. You can call it what ever…but complacency is taking the safe way out. And when we do that, the only person we are protecting is ourselves. I hear people say they wish they could stand up and do what others do and the truth is they could. But, they are afraid to take the consequences. And sometimes the consequences are people get mad when you stand up for what is right. They get mad,  not because you are wrong but because they must face the fact that they know you are right and it makes them uncomfortable because they are taking the safe way out.

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It is the Christmas season right now and people are all full of good cheer and do not want to hear anything that upsets their apple cart. Life is still going on and so are injustices, mistreatment, bullying, animal cruelty, hunger, neglect, etc. So, when is the right time to stand up for what is right? Do we allow suffering just because it is the holiday?

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Below is my “shame” list for those who are complacent. And when you are complacent, you lose the right to complain about it:

To those that see acts of bullying, abuse, neglect, misuse, injustice and do nothing about them: To those that see children being abused and say nothing: To those that see the sick, the infirm, the elderly being mistreated or neglected and do nothing: To those that see bullying and do not step up to stop it: To those that see animals being abused and do nothing to stop it: To those that see the homeless and hungry and do nothing to help them: To those that see others struggling and offer no help: To those that see others stealing and do nothing to stop it: To those who see others committing crimes and do nothing about it: To those that see the lonely and never take t time to give them comfort: To those who see their friends doing things that will harm them or are wrong and do not tell them the truth: To those that over indulge their children and do not teach them right from wrong for you have done them an injustice: To those that see our government stripping the citizens of their rights, their money, their respect and refuse to stand up to fight injustice……to all the above….shame on you. And when you refuse to stand up…when you remain complicit, you become part of the problem.

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Start today standing up for what is right, even if you stand alone. All it takes is one person to start the ripple effect and others follow. We just need the ripple to be for what is right, what is caring, what is humane.


December 23, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Love that first image! So true.

    Comment by philosophermouseofthehedge | December 24, 2013 | Reply

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