April 8, 2012

When is it worth it to take a stand?

By Administrator

In On the Waterfront, the priest, Father Barry, encourages the longshoremen to take a stand against the corruption in their union by testifying to the Waterfront Crime Commission – but those who do so end up suffering for their efforts. The Reporter questions whether their sacrifices made any difference:

Okay, so we take it lying down. Let the mob run the waterfront arm-in-arm with the oh-so-respectable shippers. What do you want to bet, forty, fifty years from now they’ll still be arm-in-arm, with the greatest natural harbor in the world still one big cookie jar – our cookie jar – with their greedy hands in it?

Is it worth taking a stand, even when you know the odds are strong that your efforts won’t make any difference?