September 30, 2009

Thought For The Day

The true test of character isn't how well you stand up for yourself. Standing up for yourself, in most cases, is just self-preservation - not necessarily bravery. The real test is whether you manage to stand up at all for someone else.

9 comments:

Keetarp Aidonak said...

Reminds me of a school hymn:
"It takes courage to dare what no other will share;
To be standing alone, one whom no one will own
To be ready to stake for another man's sake,
It takes courage to be true."

perplexed said...

makes a lot of sense.

amit varma said...

When you stand up for others, you often do so to preserve your own self-image, or to affect how others see you. Same difference, really.

lonelyeyes said...

Maybe the real test is, how many people stand up for themselves because of your influence. Because you may do what u can to save urself..but how about inspiring others to save themselves...

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...

My friend scored a 100 on a difficult test and when the teacher called out the name on the answer paper, I stood up! I am truly brave :)

Avinash said...

Hmmm. Something to contemplate on. Not standing up for someone you can stand up for is mere complacency and laziness. But tricky situations are then when standing up for someone could cost one something. To what extent one sacrifices to stand up for another is sometimes touching and sometimes foolish.

Pratz said...

Interesting comments...

Asterix said...

I never stand up. If people have something to say to me, they usually come close and sit down.

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...

ROFL!@asterix :)) good one!