Sitting for Truth
Standing up for truth is rare in our society. Most people avoid standing in the name of middle ground, "not stirring the pot," or simply self-preservation. Those who do it out of self-preservation are cowards and they know it, but the others still think they have virtue. Of course, there are situations where at least the first two are valid responses, but not all situations.
Middle grounders are like parasites, they can't have an opinion unless there are two people with opposing opinions first. And, they don't take a stand until the sides have been picked. Truth is like a bullseye, it doesn't count for 50 unless you hit the mark. Those who take middle ground between what is right and what is wrong are also wrong. Unfortunately, they often think of themselves as wise because they think they can see how both of the sides are wrong, but they are fools for not realizing the nature of truth. Truth needs to be determined on its own merits.
Those who "don't stir the pot" often lament the burning smell, but don't realize they are the cause of it. They let injustice happen and don't stand up until it affects them, but by this time it is too late. Martin Niemoller, a Protestant pastor in Nazi Germany, described it well when he said:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Truth is important. It requires bold stands in the face of opposition, unfortunately we prefer to stay seated because it is more comfortable. Thankfully, truth cannot be escaped because it is what is real. Everybody will have to take their stand someday, but don't wait until it is before the great white throne, because it will be too late.
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.