The Choice Between What Is Right And What Is Easy
Rand wakes after being severely wounded in his battle in the skies over Falme. Moiraine, who disappeared earlier in the book, finally returns; much to Rand's frustration. She offers the following choice to Rand:
"You must choose, Rand," Moiraine said. "The world will be broken whether you break it or not. Tarmon Gai'don will come, and that alone will tear the world apart. Will you still try to hide from what you are, and leave the world to face the Last Battle undefended? Choose."
They were all watching him, all waiting. Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain. He made his decision.
Moiraine and Rand, The Great Hunt, p. 575
The Shienaran saying, death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain, eloquently describes the challenges of doing the right thing. It's easy to walk away from a tough decision. It's easy to sit back and wait, to make it someone else's problem. In fact, it could be argued that it's to a person's benefit NOT to take the initiative, to sit and wait for some other, more driven person to pick up the burden and move it forward. Organizations have a tendency to 'reward' those who take initiative with more work, to pick up the slack from those sitting idly by. The challenge, then, is to get the entire organization to take the initiative - even on the smallest scale - to ingrain that habit. Then you're unstoppable.