The more visible you become, the more people will try to silence you. Sometimes they’ll do it by shouting over the top of you and sometimes they’ll do it in much more polite ways.
Often a fear of being silenced will stop us from speaking out at all. We either don’t want to have the argument or we don’t want to cause a negative response in another person.
I understand this completely and have made the same choice many times myself. Sometimes it’s essential for your own safety. But often it’s not and it’s those times that I want to encourage us all to make a different choice.
Because here’s what happens when we don’t speak up; the people who are silencing you are left unchallenged and unchecked. They assume the rightness of their positions and the wrongness of everyone else’s. They don’t become critical thinkers. They’re encouraged to hold … [Read More...]