There are times to bend like a reed in the wind.
And there are times to act as a stubborn wall against the tide.
There are things that lie at the periphery of life. Then every “I hold like this” and “my opinion is . . .” stands in the way of harmony and peace. Every such “I” is the very root and source of evil.
But when it comes to matters that touch the purpose for which you were placed in this world, that’s when you have to be that immovable wall. That’s when you have to say, “On this, I‘m not going to budge.”
That “I,” that’s not evil. That‘s an “I” fulfilling the purpose for which you were given an “I.”
Likkutei Sichot, vol. 22, pp. 159–163; Behar–Bechukotai 5737:34.