A number of my teachers have stressed the importance of standing for what we believe instead of standing against what we don’t want. The classic example is Mother Teresa, who is purported to have said
“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
Standing for instead of against is harder to do than it sounds. Have you noticed the politicians lately? How much of their time is spent shoving back against the reality of their opponent? Wouldn’t it be a refreshing change to hear a president campaign who only and entirely discussed what s/he stood for, what his/her plans were, without even one whisper of conversation about the reality s/he was running against? Opponent? What opponent?
Here’s the catch: to stand for what you value, you must first see clearly what that is. And then, you must have the courage to be for it, no matter what other people think.
On such small courageous things do the fates of planets shift.