“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
To remain neutral is the same as staying safe. We are free of becoming attached to something, whether it be choosing sides or choosing what to believe in or fight for. We may have experienced this when two family members are arguing and they ask you to choose a side. Instead of doing so and having one of those sides happy you chose them while the other becomes mad at you, you decide to be “Sweden” as the saying goes and choose neither. This way you avoid conflict, avoiding stress for yourself and possible hurt feelings.
This however has not always worked. Look at what happened with the United States and World War II. When this war began the US did not enter the fight at first when the war broke out in 1939. While injustice was occurring in concentration camps being run by Germany it wasn’t until the attacks on Pearl Harbor happened in December 1941 that we entered this world conflict.
Unfortunately there are more situations of injustice that occur on a daily basis. If there are things that are bothering you to the core it is time to decide if you will stand up for what you believe in because if you do not choose a side, you have, in fact, made a choice by doing nothing. Think about it. When we put our car in neutral we stay in the same spot and by doing so we are choosing not to move forward or backward. Again by choosing to stay put, we are making a choice. We often do this when we know there may be an area in our lives that we need to improve within ourselves or a task that needs to done but instead of seeking that knowledge or completing that task we binge watch Netflix on TV.
Let’s choose to be the change we want to see in the world. We have one live to live. Why not make the choice of doing something for the greater good?
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?