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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Taking a Stand versus Fence-Sitting

Taking a stand for what is right is never wrong.

Unfortunately, some people take stands to which they have given little thought. Such stands may be taken because they are fashionable.

There are belligerent ways of taking a stand and there are civilized ways to do so. I (and I believe you and most people would) prefer the latter. Taking a stand also does not automatically involve antagonism. Yes, a stand can be taken against something, but it can also be in support of things or ideas suggested by others, in which case, the stand is taken with those suggesting the ideas. 

Taking a stand is inevitable and it involves thoughtfulness. To take no stand is taking a stand. Even the typical assumption of neutrality is taking a stand of the fence-sitting variety which is typically not helpful to, and certainly not considerate of, others. 

Fence-sitting kills decision-making efficiency. Even in situations where there are neutral options, taking a stand is inevitable. The stand taken (and should be declared) in such a situation is the stand that both options are acceptable. 

In every instance of taking a stand, thought must be given to the stand taken with due consideration of one's commitment to the subject matter or cause, one's moral obligations, social responsibility and even environmental accountability, etc. Not taking a stand is essentially selfish and irresponsible.

The Reality:
When you take a stand for what is right but it appears as if things will not go well as a result, they actually go well: You will be at peace; losses are re-gained under better circumstances perhaps; you may or may not know this but you will be secretly admired for taking a stand for what is right; you may not be openly vindicated but you will be. You see, what is right is always right even if vindication is delayed or not openly recognized but you will feel no shame. Conversely, the selfish fear that prevents a person from taking a stand always backfires. The consequences may also be delayed or not openly recognized but undesirable and painful all the same with endless shame.

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Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.

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