Do you stand up for what is right?

United States
October 30, 2007 2:53pm CST
I was thinking today about how different the world would be if we all made just a tiny change every day. I noticed how many things that we see that are wrong, yet we sit back and let it happen because we don't know what to do or it takes too much effort. For example, there was a woman in the school zone near my daughter's elementary school that almost plowed into another car because she was talking on her cell phone and had no clue there was a car coming. I'm really nervous about the school zones, anyway, and this same woman did something dangerous in the zone last Friday, so I just couldn't stand back anymore. I called and reported her to the police. They can't do anything, but if they get more reports about her eventually they can. So, my question is..... do you stand up for what you know is right? Do you agree that we can make a difference?
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
31 Oct 07
A very good discussion and also a very important one. Yes, I think it's very important to stand up for what is right. And I believe that it is important. All of us, if we came forward, we can for sure make a difference. Even in my country, there are many places, where I see roads not in a good condition, and also there's this garbage lying around in a residential area, but people never bother to call the corporation or they don't even bother to come forward to form a community to something about it. For example, my uncle voluntarily bought a few tricycles and hired a few men to collect garbage around his area, and people weren't willing to pay a minimum for the maintenance cost. He wasn't even earning anything from it. It was just a collection to pay the workers and also the taxes. The place where I stay, the traffic is really high. And strangely, the cop doesn't even bother to help pedestrians cross the road. He does it only when he feels like, otherwise he just sits in one corner easing himself out. It's an industrial area and there are no signal lights yet, and also no Zebra crossings. The problem of school zones exists over here too. And not many people have paid any attention on solving this problem. It's really hard arguing with anybody over here. But as they say, might is right, that's what seems to be the present day philosophy everywhere.
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• United States
31 Oct 07
I'm sorry to sound ignorant, but what is a Zebra crossing?
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
31 Oct 07
It means pedestrian crossing.
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• United States
31 Oct 07
Ok, thank you. That makes more sense now. I was thinking it was really a place for zebras to cross the road. Sorry for my ignorance!
@ayou82 (3459)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
yes i do stand up for what is right. If i know that some humans in our society are doing the wrong thing i really say whats on my mind. I dont let them say to me to shut up and let the world go by without me saying my side .. I really need to express myself and say my real opinion. The good thing is i know how to accept my wrong if im really wrong..but others wont bother to listen to any comments. So yes i do stand up for what is right and give this life a good shot!
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• United States
31 Oct 07
I love your attitude, ayou! Keep up the good work. It is true that it is important for us to see our own wrongs as well.
@ayou82 (3459)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
Exactly! Bloody oath i do care about my wrong and accept things.. Coz i know its for my own good. Yes i could be very stubborn sometimes but i take time to realize that life and mistakes goes together.
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@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
31 Oct 07
Oh yes I have gotten myself into many situations because I have spoken out and stood up even when I was young and shy I still could not resist speaking out if I could see something that was not right. When I was working I was a long time employee and I could not help and stand up for the new staff who were at that time only casual workers when I could see they were being treated badlt by supervisors and such who seemed to have something against them, I got myself into many situations that I ended bringing in the union when I was not happy with the in house solution....
• United States
31 Oct 07
That's great, lilac! We need more people like you in this world.
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@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
31 Oct 07
Thank you
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• India
31 Oct 07
Yes.... we can... if a person is consistently commiting mistakes we should do the rigt for the good of others.... and personally... for the welfare of that person....but at times it is best to be silent... for every avtion has a equal but opposite reaction....
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• United States
31 Oct 07
hellboy, I love to play devil's advocate, so please don't feel like I am bashing you. Can you give an example of a time when it would be better to be silent?
• India
31 Oct 07
well i have to admit not always there has been situations in my life where i had to stand with lie for my safety but i had no other choice
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• United States
31 Oct 07
Oh, varunkrishna, I would do the same thing. Your personal safety comes first!
@isaiah12 (417)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I try my best to stand up for what is right. I have written in to newspapers on issues and had afew letters in the "letters to the editor" section. Sometimes it can be hard when everyone around you seems to put you down for what you stand up for. I worked in a store afew years back. The manager (who was a married woman) was having affairs with two employees. I guess one found out about the other and came in one day and knocked the other out. And had been helping the one that got knocked out on a project. So this happened right in front of me. After the event big-wigs from the company came and interviewed the employees. When they talked to me I was honest with them. They transferred the manager to another store. Some of the managers friends made my life miserable. They blamed me for her being transferred. I ended up having to quit because no one would do anything about what was going on.
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• United States
31 Oct 07
This is exactly the type of story that drives me nuts that I can't stand hearing about anymore. That's why I've made it my mission to start standing up and at least saying something when I see wrong doing happen. That manager should have been fired! She was a terrible example of how a supervisor should act. I'm sorry you had to wind up quitting. That's sad. I think I would have told everyone I know that story so that the bad pubicity about the store would get out. Negative word of mouth travels 10 times faster than positive word of mouth.
@jegoho (1)
• China
31 Oct 07
Yes,I will stand up for my opinions that I think is right in a gerneral situation,though may be others will not accept.
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• United States
31 Oct 07
That is tough, getting other people to accept what you are saying. I think it is worth saying, though. Maybe if enough people tell someone that what they are doing is wrong it will eventually sink in to that person or they will really think about their actions. It's worth a try, anyway!
@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
31 Oct 07
I had a friend who was totally into standing up for what is right. He fought, wrote in news papers, brought it to the notice of the Government, went to Court over it, and ultimately learnt the hard way that one lone voice cannot do anything. All the red tapism, the inordinate delays in government replies, etc left him much weaker in the pocket and a lot wiser. Now he feels it is of no use. What you did is on a small scale and wise. However, nothing will happen. Believe me, I was with my friend all the way, and have seen the depression he went into every time.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
30 Oct 07
How right you are. It is so easy to look the other way and not become involved but what a horrible world this would be if everyone did that. I admit that I have seen things and done nothing when I should have. I have also stepped in at times. You are right though I should make more of an effort to make the world a better place as we all should. I think collectively we can make a difference.
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• United States
30 Oct 07
I'm sure all of us have looked the other way when we could have done something. It would be neat if everyone made an effort to look for one thing they could do each day to make the world a better place. Wouldn't that change things quickly? I think a lot of time I hesitate to say something when there is a wrong situation because I'm afraid of getting my head bit off. I do like to try, though, when I can.
@jedhimura (194)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
Yes! occasionally, hehe.. i mean.. it really depends on the situation your in... like in politics. a lot of people will try to stop you from doing something good or doing something you think its right! But those people stop you because a lot of people will be affected!! So that's how it is.. but with your situation, when i see someone is going to be hurt, i will definitely help the person promptly! Hope it helps!
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@raijin (10371)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
I always stand up for what I believe is right, but I also consider that there are proper places and rooms to state our opinions. As for your example, I would indeed help the poor victim to bring her justice. Others think that standing for what they believe in means that they can anything, even do another wrong procedure, just to air their grievances. As for me, I always go by the rules and do my best to help in every way I can..