Many times people who could potentially have helped situations become better stayed quiet.
Many times people with power to shift the atmosphere remained silent.
Those who witnessed abuse towards others chose silence over saying something.
Those who heard their friends, families, or colleagues say mean and racist or degrading remarks remained quiet.
They remained quiet because they were told that silence is golden. They were told to mind only their business. They were told that if it doesn’t affect them, it’s none of their concern.
The earth hosts more than 7 billion people. However, only a small fraction of these stand up for social justice. Only those whose stubbornness is not afraid to cross traditional norms.
So, why do we then have more than 90% of people who remain silent and inactive?
It goes back to Psychology. Humans who tend to be on the wrong of moralism usually gain a lot of support and company, and faster. Because misery loves company. They usually garner the support by ridiculing and shaming social justice agents, in the hopes of making social agents appear as the bad guys.
Our message today is that the field of social change and social justice need brave people. We need agents who will stand up against thousands of mockers.
Be that agent today!
Start small. Stand up against your friends, families, and even your colleagues. Then, in the end, we will serve social justice. We will leave this world a better and happier place for all those who live in it, and not only for a selected few.