what do “You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.” mean?

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    It means one must know what s/he wants or is for because it is not enough to know what s/he opposes or is against alone.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    You have to fight for justice, not just fight against injustice. The negative must be balanced with the positive. Don't concentrate on problems without seeking solutions.

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  • 7 months ago

    there is no advancement when you have no goal. If you are only against changes, then you do not move, you are a static entity. You must have something to move toward to compel movement.

    Besides, it pretty well follows that if you are against something, it means you are for its converse, although at minimum you would be for the status quo.

    This is sort of like saying that you cannot know silence until you have heard noise. The absence of something requires knowing what it is that you notice is absent. Choice requires that you are making a decision between contrasting things. No on without a possible off, no male without a possible female. No against without a possible for.

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