"No moral system can rest solely on authority." This statement, by A.J. Ayer, is, in my opinion, true. If we allowed someone to tell us how to live our lives and dictate what we can and cannot do, we wouldn't be half the nation we are today. We stood up for what we believed in when we first came to this country, and we still stand up for ourselves today.
If we are able to stand up as a nation to defend ourselves, why are we not able to stand up to one another when we know they are wrong? Is there some instinct to protect one of our own that keeps us silent, or are we too afraid of being different that we can't stand the thought of being viewed as an outsider?
One must stand up for what they believe is the moral way; if you see someone being harassed, do you just walk by? Or are you the one committing the wrong? Or, perhaps, you are the one in need of help. In the first case, would you pass by without commenting, or would you join in on making the person feel like they've no point, intentionally hurt their feelings? Would you make them feel like they don't belong? Or would be kind enough to stop, and to say to the person committing the wrong, "Don't harm them; what did they do to deserve this? Everyone makes mistakes. You have faults of your own, so don't go picking on theirs."
I myself have been on the receiving end of taunting many a time, and I can tell you this: Being teased is not something someone with a weak spirit can endure. You have to be able to stand up for yourself and what you believe in; don't let others make your decisions for you.
We are the future of authority; we cannot let this nation fall to shambles because we cannot see the moral way. So I ask this: Are you going to stand up for what you believe in?