“Those who really seek the path to enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. They then proceed with strong determination.” – Buddha.
I dictate terms to my mind. These terms go something like this – if I don’t speak out against oppression and oppressors I may as well take the blue pill and join the mindless vassals, reminiscent of the Eloi in H.G. Wells “The Time Machine”, who along with their Morlock masters suck off the planet and give nothing in return.
> Who is to say what is more praise worthy?
That’s the point of Buddha’s message in my view. Dictate your own terms to your mind. Derive your praise from yourself from being true to yourself on your own terms, and don’t be the mindless vassal of something/someone else.