How many of you would consider yourself activists, or the types of people to take a stand no matter what was at stake? (ie. your reputation, your job, or most extreme scenario - your life) Maybe you're okay with taking a stand but only to certain degrees, on certain issues, etc.? Now, for any of us who live quiet, middle class lives in relatively safe jobs - you're probably not putting your life on the line for anything. Usually it's more your rep or job position that'd be in jeporary depending on how you react to certain news or situations. Example: Your boss is treating you/fellow co-workers unfairly. Are you the type of person to let it roll off your back and try to distance yourself from the issue (accepting that's just the way things are), or would you stand up for your rights/someone elses at the risk of losing your job? My mom is actually my inspiration for asking this. She's the type who seems to run face-first into "scandals" but shies away from taking a stand if her job is at risk (government funded position). If it's not government related she's completely gungho, but if it gets political she tends to be all talk, no action (and I'm talking ranting hours on end about these things for week after week). One of the recent things irking her I've thought of ways to deal with (how to get the news out without revealing herself as the submitter), but she's still worried that if she says anything it'll get back to her somehow... so she might not do anything, just continue to angerily rant at me about it I guess since I have few debts, risking a job in order to stand up for myself doesn't really scare me if some good might come about from it. Or so I say. I've never really been faced with something like that, so maybe I'm all talk and no action too? (Most I've done is "kindly" correct people - ie. previous boss, a few University instructors - when they're talking down to me) Taking a stand on a forum doesn't really count either XP Stories are the best way to show what you're made of (or not made of ). Anyone have any? Tell us of times you took a stand in a risky situation (and what resulted) or cases where you wish you had, but didn't.