While having a conversation with a friend of mine on Facebook the other night I thought of a line that I believed I had used in a blog post one time. Turns out I did, back in 2012, when I talked about taking a stand for fairness. As I read that post I have to admit that I felt a sense of pride that I had followed my convictions at that time, handling things the right way, to address an injustice, not intentional, and help bring changes I felt were necessary.
We were talking about a lot of things, and most of them I had to admit that I just don’t keep up with them, and some of them I didn’t know anything about.
I’m not overly political, though I have a point of view. I don’t know anything about Koch Brothers or buying votes or stuff like that.
I don’t know anything about Monsanto. I don’t support PETA, though I don’t want animals hurt on purpose. I know what I know about religion and have my point of view, but I can’t say that I’ve dug deep into all of them or know what’s going on in the world on those subjects at the present time.
When the conversation came to health care policy… suddenly there was a subject I knew pretty well. As my friend tried coming up with arguments I was able to refute all of them because I’m in the industry or not. She had belief; I had knowledge. A couple of points she made were correct, and I not only told her that but gave her more detail than she probably wanted to explain why things were like that.
At some point the subject came up about what I did stand up for. After all, there’s nothing to stand up for in health care; it is what it is. She didn’t ask me this directly; it was kind of implied, or at least I felt it was implied.
I said that I stand up for personal rights of those who someone else is trying to stop. I’m not standing up for the smokers who believe they should be allowed to smoke anywhere they please; that affects other people negatively and I could never support that, but I do say that tobacco is legal so let people smoke if they choose, and I also believe people should be able to start smoking at age 18 because we send 18 year olds to other countries to fight battles and die for our freedoms; how can one be old enough for death and not old enough to decide whether to smoke or not?
I stand up to the isms and phobias and discriminators that hurt groups of people. Racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination against the disabled… I can’t think of them all but we know them when we see them.
I don’t believe in equality; I believe in fairness. One can’t believe in equality in a world that’s not close to being equal. For reality’s sake there are jobs that take special skills and education. There are businesses that rely on the deportment of particular employees that fit the model and theme of a business. Not everyone should hire everyone “just because”…
But there should be no laws that back discrimination or any of the other things. That’s where I’ve given my time and energy when an opinion needs to be given, or a stand taken. In my own way I’ll call out things like that, whether they’re subtle or blatant, and my responses will be subtle or blatant. After all, if I always give the same response I’d look, well, either pretty radical or like I didn’t care. We should all learn how to address issues in the manner that’s called for at the time.
My question to you is whether you’re brave enough to ever take a stand on something, or are you always worried about how others will perceive you? I can understand how some of you might not want to be as out front with a belief as I am sometimes; I know circumstances sometimes precede feelings. You don’t have to tell me here what you stand for if you don’t wish to; I’m just asking if there’s something, anything, that compels you into action because it’s the right thing to do.
I hope so, because if you don’t stand for something…