I agree this is an intellectual issue only for most people.
I may be more sensitive than most people, particularly in the western world but, it depends on where you live. If you live in the US or UK you may not be too worried about stepping on peoples toes because we have freedom of speech. Edward Snowden might want to disagree with me here.
I am a member of Amnesty International, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and a few other organisations I am also active in this respect.
My ex wife is Thai and because I speak Thai fluently I have been able to report things via Amnesty International that have gone on since 2008 based on eye witness reports. Many if not all of the eye witnesses involved could not report what they have seen personally due to fears for their own and their loved ones safety.
But as a Brit I have been able to go to Thailand “as a typical tourist” and meet people. Sometimes that’s the only time I do; other times I show them how to set-up secure communications and we are able to continue conversations after I have returned to the UK.
The information I have gained has, I hope, helped focus international attention and help people on the ground.
I’m sure similar stories are true in other parts of the world, Syria for example.
On a more frivolous but related example several beautiful female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence have apparently had their iCloud accounts hacked and it might be possible to see some of these girls nude.
By telling these stories we make it clear that not everything is OK in internet land and encourage a demand from users for increased security.