Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week comes from what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest books that has ever been written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. – J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
I have always adored this quote, and not only because it comes at the end of such a wonderful book. Albus Dumbledore says these words in front of the entirety of Hogwarts school as he announces that Neville Longbottom has won the house cup for Gryffindor. It’s a moment where the underdog truly succeeds and is incredibly uplifting.
Yet these words promote a positive message, too. It may often seem all too easy to follow the crowds; after all, if no one else gives money to the homeless man on the corner, then why should you? This quote suggests that this way of thinking is completely wrong. We should do what’s right, regardless of what everyone else is doing. So, that’s my message for the week: do the right thing, even if you’re the only one doing it.