Why do people just assume they can’t do anything about “it”?
How many times have you been in a conversation talking (name your issue – racism, environment, etc) – and you are the person you are talking to says “well, I can’t do anything about it anyway”?
Is that really where we are in society – we feel so unable to impact the message that we resign ourselves to sit back and watch? Do we as individual really believe that our voice doesn’t matter? Or are we afraid to speak up, to voice our opinions because the world is so divisive?
I don’ t know that there is any one single answer. There are people speaking out, so not everyone feels their voice doesn’t matter or is too scared to say their thoughts. But there are not enough people speaking out, there are not enough people standing up for what they believe.
Speaking out doesn’t’ have to mean grabbing a bull-horn and letting everyone know – it can simply mean being honest with those around you – with your friends. Recently I met with a friend of mine that I have known for over 25 years – and his views have distinctly gone a different direction than mine. During our get together for drinks, he proceeded to tell me his truths – he was “glad I wasn’t in the insurance business any longer, because that is for Jews”, that “all the people that are crying about children being separated from their families at the boarder are the same people committing abortions on basically newborns” – I could go on but you get the idea.
In that moment, I didn’t say as much as I should because I didn’t want to be confrontational with a friend. But we should be. I should have been.
We cannot change what exists without confronting it when it is in front of us. Not doing so enables the continuation of the very things we fell so strongly about. We must prevail over the attitudes that bind the growth of humanity.
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