There are many ways to give back to society, from working a job, to raising a family to helping the community, to donating time and money to various causes. You can risk your life as a police officer, firefighter, or in the military. One very important way for us to give back is to stand up for our values when temptation tries to bring them down. This can be a tough discussion with a family member over an addiction or behavior, it can be asking your group to put in some effort for some just cause, and it manifests in the partisan divide we live in, fighting for what is right against those that will seek to put out your light the moment you turn it on.
Being a moral authority can be anything from encouraging others to eat healthy, be active, to sustainability, to needed tax increases, to preventing forest fires, to not littering, saving the rainforest, prevent poaching, to treating others with respect. Partaking in any of these risks backlash. Human beings protect their pride with anger, cynicism, and put downs.
When society lacks strong figures standing for what’s right it falls for dictators, pride, protectionism, and a politics controlled by pride and fear and not by collective goodwill. Positive forces in politics are about brainwork, respect, values, and standing for values in the face of spite.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.