“I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.” Ronald Reagan
Talking XX by Khalil Gibran
And then a scholar said, “Speak of Talking.”
And he answered, saying:
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words many indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. Contd below
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of hot topics circulating in the media. Frankly, most are emotionally charged, hot button subjects that some of us would prefer not to discuss. It is not just the nature of the topics that have gotten us to pay attention but also some of the talking points; the feedback, backlash, and salvos we hear and read. One of my blog buddies, Writerlious, wrote a wonderful review of the hottest new movie Hunger Games. If you’ve been reading the news, you’d understand my comment: I know there’s been a lot of buzz around this movie and its controversial subject (children killing children). My kids saw it and I’ve been reading the reviews and media reports. What saddens me is the endless reports I read that many people were unhappy that people of color were cast in the film. Here we are in the 21st Century and bigotry and racial hatred persists. What makes it even more disturbing is that the voices of dissent are those of my children’s generation. I appreciate that you wondered why Katniss wasn’t cast as a person of color as per the book, and I pray that we, as members of the human race, can find the compassion and humanity to respect each other’s right to exist on this planet. We are all God‘s children in my book. If one child is seen as less than the rest, it is because of our collective failure. Excellent review. TY! Perhaps, there is something to be said about watching what we say/how we say it and the power of silence. What are you talking about? More below.
“Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.” Sakya Pandita
There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence. Contd below
A truly tragic and equally disturbing hot button topic is the growing controversy around the murder of Trayvon Martin. While the media attention and judicial investigation into his death is now building momentum, and his parents are reaching out to the public via petitions and a news conference, there is a sector of our society that continues to malign this young man. The fact remains that a young life was lost, another life is in shambles, and the least we can do is drop the vitriol. Many are talking about this matter, some in compassionate and some in cruel ways, and my prayer is that we rally together to find concrete solutions to the tensions, the hatred and the mistrust. What do you say? Khalil’s poem on Talking offers much wisdom on the subject. As our mothers used to say, “If you have nothing good to say…
“How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?” Plato
When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place,
let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the color is forgotten and the vessel is no more.
Lyrics via PoemHunter.com
Another hot topic that is getting a lot of press is the Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Health Care mandate. Daily, supporters and opponents camp outside, stand in line hoping to enter the court and hear the proceedings, or simply voice their positions on the subject outside the building. The arguments rage on as we wait to hear what the highest court in the nation will have to say about universal health care in the USA. All of it, the other topics covered above, and more, add up to the great need for us to begin to practice the tenet: Love thy neighbor as thyself. What are your thoughts? Have you read any of the news reports on these subjects? What are your thoughts? Do you think we will ever find social harmony? How do you imagine we can best resolve issues? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: It is not just talking but walking the talk and acting with compassion that will bring us closer together in this world.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Mandala photo by Keith Allen Kay on Quantum Fractal Mandala sites: on Facebook and Website. All other photos The Conversation, Public Health, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr Poem/Lyrics via PoemHunter.com
- Reflections: Speak To Us Of Children… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- On the challenge of silence (disclose.tv)
- Our Baby Is Going To Experience Racism Someday (deborah-bryan.com)
- The Hunger Games Musings (bisonwoman.wordpress.com)
- Musings on “The Hunger Games” (rakstagemom.wordpress.com)
- Fear of Changing Your Mind (ncmport59.wordpress.com)
- Reflections: The Playground Of Life… (eof737.wordpress.com)