20 November 2009

Bystanders or Upstanders?

...also applicable to sustainability!

Are you a bystander, or an upstander?

From The Word Spy, 20 November 2009

n. A person who takes action, particularly when the easiest or most acceptable course is to do nothing. [Cf. bystander.]

The examples of local "upstanders" (as opposed to bystanders) lead to exhibits that explore larger, history-making conflicts and the consequences of the action, or inaction, that followed. The result is a powerful, 90-minute tour of what it means to be a positive member of a multicultural society. —Robert L. Smith, "Exhibit on diversity shows there's work to do: Global Village," Plain Dealer, October 22, 2009

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