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What do you stand up for?

Asked by Unbroken (10690points) October 27th, 2012

Is it ideals, dreams, family, friends? What do you put yourself on the line for?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

About 95% of the time, I stand up for a good pee. It’s not the same sitting down.

Blackberry's avatar

I like to clear up misconceptions people have about liberals, atheists, black people or black culture, and gamers lol.

jaytkay's avatar

Pregnant women on the bus or train

jerv's avatar

Getting people to use their fucking brains.

Nullo's avatar

Ideals, work. I work standing up.

Ron_C's avatar

I stand when they play the national anthem, I stand when a lady enters the room, and I stand to pee.

I stand up for a reasonable set of values like equal rights, equal responsibilities, and stand against those who would limit my freedoms. That makes me anti-communist and anti- fascist.

Sunny2's avatar

I’ll stand up for people who are unfairly blamed for something they didn’t do.

AmWiser's avatar

Sadly, not as much as I should.

Shippy's avatar

I hate cruelty. I will fight physically if I have to!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Equality and freedom. Everybody gets the same chance. Everybody. Don’t push your ideas that you can make a decision for anyone other than you. And no one ever has the right to hurt anyone or anything else.

lillycoyote's avatar

All of the above, though I am not always as courageous as I should be.

The last time I stood up for something was a few weeks ago when I let some woman, a complete stranger, have it, in the Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot for leaving her shopping cart in a handicapped spot. I kind of went off on her. But… I had had enough. I was running errands and it was third store I had been to where people had either parked in the blue striped area of a handicapped stop or left shopping carts in either the blue striped area or in the spot itself.

There were already several carts in the spot when the woman I went off on left hers there and she defended herself by saying that there were already carts there. Well, that doesn’t make it alright for her to do it? Does it?

I had an uncle with Parkinsons, I have a cousin who had been disabled since birth, and a cousin with MS. All three of them are or were wheelchair bound, though my uncle died several years ago. It is one of my major pet peeves. And like I said, at that point I had just had enough and let her have it.

And, for those of you who may not understand this:

The blue striped areas adjacent to the handicapped spots? Those are not there for shopping carts and they are not special parking spaces just for you.

The narrower ones are there to allow room for someone, who may be able to sit in the car but needs the chair when they get out… that area is there for them to have room to set up the chair and get into it. The wider blue striped areas are for people to lower and end a wheelchair ramp if they are transporting someone who is completely wheelchair bound and have a van equipped with a ramp.

Get it?

Sorry about the rant. Like I said, it’s kind of a major pet peeve of mine .

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lillycoyote GA. I get annoyed when I see crap in the striped areas too. Dipshits.

Unbroken's avatar

For all of you who stand up to pee, including the hover-ers; clean the seat. That is what I am standing up for! : )

@AmWiser Your response stood out to me, thank you. Something to be said for choosing battles and not carrying the weight of the world..

And those of you who stand up in courtesy, the kindness is not unnoticed. Even as the world stands silently by.

Those who stand up for beliefs, ideals, and equality; progress comes from your acts great or small. Onlookers come away convicted, and the people you have helped will remember it when they need strength.

wundayatta's avatar

These days, I stand up for the mentally ill. I used to stand up for single payer health care reform. I stand up for the scientific method. I stand up for sex and love.

Berserker's avatar

Equality for everyone, (race, sexual orientation, social status, wealth, needs) although sad to say, there isn’t a hell of a lot I can do to stand up for this, as far as I know. But it is an ideal I hold close and dear and wish that everyone could experience.
So that isn’t really standing up for anything, but it’s my answer anyways haha.

rooeytoo's avatar

The right of animals to not be factory farmed.

lillycoyote's avatar

I’ve posted parts of this, Robert Kennedy’s Day of Affirmation Speech (the full text can be found here) I don’t know how many times….

I just find it incredibly inspiring.

This is from the R.F.K.‘s speech:

He urges us all to not fall prey a sense of futility; fall prey to:

“The belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills – against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence…

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

You have to stand up, even in small ways because every time you do, it makes the world just a little bit better. We all need to help create those millions of ripples that build the current that “can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

wildpotato's avatar

This q can be interpreted in a few ways – what would you stand up for, and what have you stood up for. I think I would probably stand up for many things I have not encountered yet in life, but it’s hard to say because I have not been in those situations yet. The most I can say is that I hope I would do what’s right. My ideals include those that I think most people who qualify as “decent” tend to hold, but the issues closest to my heart are LGBTQ rights, environmental issues, and animal rights. In practice, however, I do not organize or attend rallies or chain myself to trees or foster as many shelter animals as I possibly can or campaign against factory farming or donate to any causes at all (though I don’t feel too bad about that last because I have little money), so I don’t know if I truly can be said to stand up for these things.

Things and people I have actually stood up for include my brother, a stray three-legged chihuahua, my fiance, Freud, my dog, drug users, Heidegger, city pigeons, orchids, betta fish, the need for a mirror or traffic light on this blind bridge in Narberth, PA, the fact that throwing down a cigarette butt does count as littering, and most often, myself.

ucme's avatar

My kids, my right to ogle titties & when I sit on hot sand at the beach….ouch!

Aethelwine's avatar

I stand up for the underdog, second chances and my family.

augustlan's avatar

Equality. My kids.

psyonicpanda's avatar

I would stand up for things like Gravity, but its constantly bringing me down.

Unbroken's avatar

@lillycoyote Beautiful. Thanks so much for that. We all need encouragement. And I needed that today.

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