Stoic advice: should I join protests in the streets?

[image: anti-government protest in front of Democracy Monument in Thailand on 14 October 2020, WikiCommons; this is essay #249 in my “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

P. writes: I’m from Thailand, where you may know there are frequent protests against the government going on right now. Sometimes the government uses violence in order to silence the protesters; and I am ashamed that I dare not protest with them even though I believe that they are in the right. While I do not (or at least do not think that I do) fear death, I know that I still fear pain, even though