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We write to inspire, to create, to carve out a piece of the world that belongs to us, but choose to share with others.

Yet, publicly expressing how we feel is scary.  Some of us try to avoid controversy or conflict, in hopes of being kinder, gentler, and not succumbing to negative judgments. The reality is we are aware of more negative responses than positive ones.

Those who judge us most harshly, often choose not to see the truth, nor inquire at the source to find it, but pass along hearsay or false information pretending that it is real.

As they say, there are none so blind as those who will not see….

Telling the truth is controversial because it makes us vulnerable to those who would twist it or use pieces of it to create their version of reality.   When did caring become so rare and gentle honesty removed from daily interactions?  Having strong opinions leads to change, especially if we are willing to open our hearts and minds, in addition to our mouths.

Some people bully others into silence and we are told not to speak. So how can someone claim to know us by causing us to remain unheard?

A person who does not speak to me, nor respect my opinion, cannot claim to speak for me. Choosing to misrepresent the truth doesn’t make it so; it just creates conflict and controversy.  If the point is to be the loudest person in the room, controversy will be achieved.

But, resolution and honest communication don’t stand a chance.

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I do not need to be a refugee to support the right and freedom of faith and religious observance.

I do not need to be gay to support LGBT rights against discrimination.  28 states have no legislation to prevent discrimination in employment or housing.

I do not need to be a cat to support animal rights against cruelty.

I do not need to be adopted to support the rights of those who seek to do so freely.

I do not need to be mentally ill to support legislation for equal health protections and insurance parity.  Nor do I need to be poor to require affordable health care, period.

But, if I were in need of understanding, empathy, and community support, I would not want to be afraid to speak up because I could lose my home, my job, my community rights, or legal representation.

Stereotypes continue because they are repeated, not because they are necessarily true. There is no wall high enough to limit extremism, ignorant discrimination, or racial epithets.  Supporting terrorist organizations does not reduce the killing of civilians or create any balance of power.  Ignoring the past does not cause history to change.

Where evil lurks, every time we turn a blind eye, it continues to grow.  Speaking out is a privilege, yet it is one that many of us are afraid to utilize for fear of it being held against us in some method of bullying or tyranny.

I do not have to agree with someone else’s opinion to let them have one of their own.  But, I pray that I do not have to be afraid to express mine.

 

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