Once upon a time Albert Einstein proclaimed that “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”. And quite rightly said; silence is an action too. However, many of us confuse being ‘the silent person’ with being ‘the good person’. By remaining silent we often convince ourselves that we’re being politically correct and neutral, not outwardly upsetting anybody or hurting anyone’s feelings. But being silent doesn’t always equate to being a ‘good person’; sometimes our lack of action is what hurts those around us most. A ‘good person’ follows their moral compass and does the right thing regardless of the repercussions or backlash that they may face later on. And sometimes the right thing means taking a stand and speaking up.
Yeah sure, you may avoid a few arguments and some stress-induced headaches by keeping mum. But the downside is that until you know what it’s like to put your neck on the line for someone/something you’ll never truly be able to wrap your head around the concepts of loyalty or respect… and to me that’s sad :/. Plus in the long-run you’ll end up developing a weak and cowardly disposition because of all that playing Switzerland and fence-sitting.
Malcolm X rightly said that “a man who stands for nothing will fall for anything”. And Martin Luther King Jr stated that, “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And I love both of those quotes because I’m a strong believer in standing up for what you believe in. Blame it on the ever-growing influence of my overly-opinionated dad if you must, but the older I get the more I’m becoming certain that this is the best way to be. People also think twice before walking all over you when you make it clear that they’ll have hell to pay if they do!
There’s nothing admirable about being a yes man and burying your head in the sand waiting for an issue to blow over OR for somebody else to come along and deal with it for you. Confrontation can be scary, I understand that. But you need to be true to yourself, what’s more important than that? We all need to get into the habit of speaking our truth. It’s healthy for the mind and soul… ok that was cheesy! But seriously, just go for it: EXPRESS YOURSELF.