Our cultural institutions partially depend on the loyalties of people who form its constituency. Without people guiding institutions with a steady hand, with fidelity and knowledge of the guiding principles and values of the same, it becomes harder to maintain the positive aspects of the cultural institution.
When we allow fear, intimidation, or incompetency into our cultural institutions, we are not doing our job. When we make changes that go against the guiding principles of the institution, we defeat the purposes of the institution. What we must do, therefore, is to never be afraid to stand up for what is right in our cultural institutions.
This moral stance must not be confused with an unwillingness to compromise when compromise is due (i.e. when it confirms to the organization’s central principles and when potential harm is not an issue.) This does not exclude debate. It must also not be confused with an unwillingness to recognize and take a stance against evil. What it does do is to insist on the confirmation of the strength of the organization’s principles.
When we allow other people, especially those with evil intentions, destroy our community life, however that may be constructed, we fail to sow fidelity to our institutions.. If an individual is trying to destroy the fabric of community life, an organization must show its strength, not in a naïve way by ignoring the behavior, but by showing through its resoluteness and oneness that the common bonds which hold our institutions together can never be shaken.
To do this, we must have a strong sense of who we are as a people / community. We must have strong leadership that displays this ability in a smart and decisive manner. We must be resolute about our values and be willing to transmit these values amongst those in our own communities and be able to decisively and effectively transmit these values to others including those who would wish to do harm to us or to others whether that be at home or abroad. We must never show fear; we must be brave (Wallis, 2005). We must show that we hate hurtful actions, not groups of people. We must always strive to take the moral high ground. We must be very smart and precise in how we use power. In sum, we must show those that wish us harm that their way will never defeat our spirit. To do this, we must be faithful to who we are as a people, knowing who we are, and never wavering from that basic ideal.