It’s always easier to be against. It’s always harder to be for.
To stand against something means you have no position, you’re simply against theirs.
To stand for something means you have a position, regardless of theirs.
To stand against something means you live in reaction.
So stand for something means you live in action.
To stand against something is playing it safe.
To stand for something is making yourself vulnerable.
To stand against something challenges.
To stand for something creates.
To stand against maintains the problem.
To stand for creates the solution.
So which do you choose, to stand against or to stand for?
Rabbi, тhis seems to me to be a bit simplistic. Can’t I be against something that I don’t like and at the same time defend my values?
Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein says
Great question! If the reason your against something is because you have different values, it the values you live for that put you against. In other words, your primary position is that I’m for these values and the outcome of that is your being against opposing values.
My main point is that it’s always important to know what we are for, not what we are against. Once we know what we’re for, a side result will be that we’re against anything that is against what we’re for. However, our primary position is not be against but rather being for. I hope this clarifies it for you.