“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel
She smiled, hate filled eyes
Filthy words flew by… N*&%$r!
I cringed, said nothing…
The first time a dorm mate called me that name, I was left speechless. Here I was, at a fancy school, surrounded by supposedly educated people and … such behavior? As Oliver Herford said, “A man is known by the silence he keeps.” For me to say nothing was a sign of weakness, of allowing a bully to gain the upper hand, and it ate at me for a long time.
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A dorm mate stood by
Silenced by the rage, spewing
Black, White, all the same…
Sometimes people stand by because they are equally flabbergasted. I chose to believe the dorm mate said nothing because she was shocked too. She said nothing… I said nothing… But not forever. More below!
“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” Khalil Gibran
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau
With time, silence left
No more caged by fear or shame
We, I, speak fiercely…
Over the years, I’ve learned to speak up against hate directed at me and at others close to me. I believe we are all made in the image of the Creator, and none of us is less than or greater than… and that is what I say first when ugliness dressed as self righteousness, rears its head, when infact its true name is – prejudice. We owe it to each other to speak up. Have a playful, restful Thanksgiving week!
What are your thoughts? What do you do when a situation irks you? Do you face it or struggle with it? Does adding a touch of humor help you with difficult subjects? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Prompt: Set It To Rights… Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today. And by Haiku Heights.blogspot.com Silence at times can say a lot more than words, but it can also be misunderstood. What do you feel? Share with us this week through a haiku
Positive Motivation Tip: When unjust events unfold before your eyes, take a stand and act with clarity… Don’t be afraid. Speak out.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Misty morning, via Wikipedia
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