Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stand For Something

While being interviewed by a Christian website, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy had this to say:
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

My opinion on this not about what the President of the company had to say, but it's more so about him taking a stand for what he believes, rather than giving a response that would please the masses. I feel we live in a society where most people go with the flow and sway with the wind just so they wont ruffle any feathers.

Even if I agree with a person's opinion or not; whenever someone is able to give their opinion on a controversial subject and stand for the opposition, I find it courageous. The fact that they can stand up for what they feel is right, knowing that the majority feels differently speaks volumes of their character. 

After President Cathy's comments went viral, Chick-fil-A experienced a lot of online backlash and released a statement to kind of rectify the situation:

"...The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

As a major corporation it makes sense that they would release this statement. But I really like the fact that they did not slander or even mention Dan Cathy's remarks. Which to me means the company stands by him, but they also want to make sure it's clear that they will continue to provide service to anyone.

The lesson here is to stand up for what you feel is right. Not that you have to go around bashing people over the head with your opinions. But when asked, you should definitely share your feelings. And sharing your feelings and opinions does not mean you do it in an inappropriate manner and demean anyone. It simply means you share and give your reasons as to why you feel that way.

None of us think the same way so regardless of the subject matter, someone will always disagree with you. But when you are passionate about what you are saying and passionate about your beliefs, you will always be able to defend your remarks.

"If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything." - Unknown

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