In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Daily we encounter situations that disturb us in some way. It may be a personal affront or simply a story related to us via a friend, social media, or network news. It elicits a response in us, to champion for justice. If the information came to you from outside, it is simple to think, someone needs to do something about that. You are that somebody. As a society we need to speak up to confront and irradicate the social injustices of the world. The excuses flow through our mind before the thought comes to completion. As an individual, we feel that we have no power to affect change.
It is difficult to make the decision to be the agent of change. The fear of being ridiculed or wrong or isolated…is real. Fear cannot rule the day. It takes individuals to embrace the need for change. It takes a champion. Not everyone is a champion, but everyone can support the champions. There are injustices that we cannot accept. If the individual is willing to advocate, the individual will become a group and a champion will emerge.
Remember, even champions need to hear from their friends.