It's the easy way out to shut your eyes and overlook when things are wrong.
Taking a stand and standing up for what's right often means fighting the good fight.
But who wants to fight?
Everyone wants to live in peace and quiet.
In fact, every day we pray repeatedly in the Amidah for peace
In the 19th prayer...
May it please you to bless your people Israel at all times and in every hour with your peace. Blessed are you, O Lord, who blesses his people Israel with peace.
Then again after the prayer for thanks...
Bestow peace, goodness and blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and mercy, upon us and upon all Your people Israel...May it be favorable in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel, at all times and at every moment, with Your peace.And yet a third time at the end...
He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.What can be more desired than peace and wellness in our lives?
Yet, when we see corruption, wrongdoing, and evil, people are called on the confront it, and stand up for good.
Because when evil prevails, there is no real peace in the world.
Hence, the courageous and righteous are called on to stand up based on integrity, merit, and values, and to work to return a state of justice and peace.
G-d watches to see to it that good ultimately prevails over evil.
May He who makes peace, make peace for us and all Israel, and let us say Amen. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)