Do you speak up or remain silent? Does it depend on the circumstance? Unfortunately, too many people choose the silent route, especially when it comes to hot topics.
We are afraid that our thoughts and opinions may hurt or offend others. We don’t want to potentially lose the friends that we’ve gained. We fear the backlash from those who may disagree with us. Sometimes we rather just bury our heads in the sand.
That is all completely understandable. But silence, as pleasant as it is, doesn’t fix or change anything. There are some topics that need to be discussed and we can’t always depend on others to do the job for us. We all have different opinions and for varying reasons, and those thoughts need to be shared.
If the whole population were to keep silent and let the chips fall where they may, then there would be nothing left of the world, but chaos.
In order for any changes to be made, there must be understanding. The only way to achieve understanding, is through the sharing of our own personal experiences and concerns. This helps others to relate on a deeper level, giving them a broader view of the subject.
If we want change, then we must speak up. Our silence helps no one.
With that said, there is a way to discuss topics and a way not to. As adults, we should be able to have mature discussions with one another. We should be able to deliver our opinions and respond to those of others tactfully. We’ll never convince anyone by throwing a verbal fit. But with a calm tone and a listening ear, we might.
If we’re going to live in this world, we should have the right to speak up. We should want to.
How about you? Are you afraid to speak up? Why?