They tell you:

When you get pushed around, just back off.

You don’t need the trouble.

They tell you: When you’re teased, save face and ignore what’s being said.

What do those taunters know, anyway?

And when you’re ostracized from a group because you supposedly don’t belong, “they” tell you to just walk away, that others are just jealous of you.

One day, you realize it’s easier to buddy up to the clique, especially because there’s someone else to pick on, which diverts the attention from you.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?

Not so fast. We’re not here to go along with the crowd. We’re here to take a stand.

It will make us unpopular. It will cause our work to be so heavily scrutinized we’ll have to be better and better, all the time raising the standards and the bar.

With all this, we’ll start to question our own motives.

And when those questions arise, we’ll answer them. With honesty. Because the injustice that’s happening to us is also happening to someone else out there, someone half as strong. And when we stand for nothing, we sit down for everything.

It’s time to fight the good fight.

My first book, Upside Down Kingdom, is available on Amazon.