Bystander Revolution: Stand up for yourself (Jared Leto)
When I was a kid, I would often stand up to people and I think that people had a sense, they knew that even though I was skinny and small and I certainly wasn’t the toughest kid on the block, that I wasn’t going to let you get away with it. So there’s something to that, to standing up for yourself and saying ‘you know what, no’. Because a lot of times the dogs bark is worse than the bite, so I found that to be true a lot of times. But it is difficult to encourage a young person to confront someone else because that can lead to escalation. But I think it’s okay to stand up for yourself, I think it’s okay to look somebody in the eye and tell them to stop and to demand some respect.
As a kid who was pretty different himself, I think that what I would tell people that are individuals out there is, you’re the ones who inherit the earth. Believe in yourself and be patient. Be as different as you want to be. You have every right to do that, and it may be difficult and lonely at times, but there is no greater privilege than owning yourself.