In search of a Spine; In search of Character; In search of a Point of View
The really great thing about issues that inspires passion on one side of an issue or the other is that it forces people to reveal their true selves and their character.
Some people will take a stand; others will be will be paralyzed; some will run.
Thank god for such issues. For otherwise, how would we know who these people really are?
On the issue of building a mosque near the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York
From President Obama
“I was not commenting
and I will not comment
on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. …”
Here is what Aristotle knew 2,500 years ago
“Criticism is something we can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing.”
Some think that the only way to develop the ability to form character, have a point of view, and take a stand on very difficult issues is to be placed in these situations over and over again and survive. Taking a stand is a learned and practiced behavior developed over many events over long periods of time.
Without character, without a point of view, people say nothing, do nothing, and they are nothing.
Read a related article – What Makes Men