I prefer nuancing when appropriate, and sometimes, it is so clear.
In life, when we see something wrong, we have choices. Those choices reflect who we are as people.
Am I someone who cooperates with bad behavior, systems that exploit and hurt/ruin people, people who abuse their power, or am I someone who speaks up?
Think of the referee that chooses to not blow the whistle, automatically giving an unearned advantage to the more aggressive team.
Or after the game, realizing that someone was injured because the referee didn’t make several calls and lost control of the game, as a direct result of the inaction.
That’s a lot of guilt and some people aren’t prepared for it or don’t have it in them. That is fine, just don’t accept the responsibility and the pay, if you cannot or will not do the job. The players would have been safer without a referee than with someone who played the part of a referee, but without the safety.
Think of the political intern who lands in a cesspool and has to decide what to do without being adequately prepared to think it all the way through. My heart goes out to them. Don’t sell-out, but get out. Quickly. Find a way out of there and think it through. Sit with the ethical and moral decisions, so that you will have a moral compass next time.
Think of the election worker who has to decide to protect family or the process of elections. Can they manage to protect both?
Ask yourself, “Do I do something more than speak up?
Do I pretend that I didn’t see it?
Do I lie about what happened?
Am I more worried about me or the person being hurt?
If I’m being paid to care for, or protect, others and I look away or perpetrate harm on them, then who protects them from me?”
That’s a different level. Do not accept a job that you cannot do or will not do. The damage that you do to yourself and the people around you is more than most realize.