Buddhism, like many other Eastern schools of thought, is considered to be about being passive, accepting, and non-confrontational.
Here is a daily encouragement mailer from SGI leader, Daisaku Ikeda, one of the most progressive and proactive thinkers and peace activists of our time that puts this in perspective. I read it and I knew it had to be shared with my readers.
Daisaku Ikeda's Daily Encouragement for Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Ralph Waldo Emerson says, "Good-nature is plentiful, but we want justice with a heart of steel, to fight down the proud." If people are merely good-natured, then those who are arrogant and highhanded will have free rein to carry on as they please. Only those who fight with hearts of steel are people of justice.