Finding Our Voice

The majority of us are silent. When we are not content with our world, we are silent and accept it. When we see injustices, we are silent and watch. When we think we should stand up and fight for ourselves, we passively stand aside and let others overshadow us.

There are times when I feel we should find our voice. React and express our unhappiness on the way our government is running the country. Speak out against social injustices perpetrated in our communities everyday. Speak out with confidence on what we believe is right.

Many many of the human race have lost their voice. Has it been trained out of us? We are educated in schools: taught to read and write, taught to socialise with other people. Are we also taught to remain silent and to accept the status quo? Are we taught to “fit in” and not “rock the boat”? Are we taught to accept so that those with the power behind the government may continue to control us and our societies?

A minority of us have found their voice. And because of them women have the vote, children are educated, people of all races have equal rights. The question we need to ask ourselves everyday is whether we are using our voice or not.

Have you found your voice?

(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Voice)

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26 thoughts on “Finding Our Voice

  1. Guilty as charged, Colline. One of the apathetic many. I rarely react strongly enough to anything to actually do anything to bring about change. Just occasionally. I will try to make a conscious effort.

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  2. Wow, fantastic post Colline and for me, very timely. I have spent my life making attempts to speak up enough, find my voice and continue to shout it out! Often when we do this, others try to silence it in many different ways. But, recently I’ve found that if I find others who are passionate about the same issues, then together one voice becomes many and then people begin to listen, eventually!

    A very important demo is coming up that our group is actively planning. It is exhilerating to work with other like-minded people and then demonstrate, campaign, letter-write and liase with politicians and game-changers and find that your voice collectively is heard and changes are being effected for the betterment of society.

    Being an activist is empowering and helps to bring out the inner voice that has been suppressed in all of us. I would urge everyone to find a cause that they feel passionately about, find other like-minded people and work on effecting change. Besides you own vote, it is the most democratic opportunity you have to create a better, more honest and fairer society.

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    1. As you suggest, it is when people speak out together in one voice that change can be effected. Makes me think of those who spoke out for the women’s vote; and even those who have spoken against tyranny and the way in which a country was being run.

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  3. Mmmm…food for thought. I’ve been silent most of my life, mostly, I think because of the culture in South Africa of ‘children should be seen and not heard.’ It has changed a lot since we were children, but our schools still do not promote individual thought and action. I think they fear the ‘chaos’ that can happen if they allow that.

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  4. I try to, if I can, and I will object to stuff, send emails that kind of thing. My husband gets angry with what is happening, and when you say do something, he says what for, who will listen to me, I am just one. I say if everyone thinks like you ,then nothing will change.

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  5. Good points, indeed. Trouble is, too, that many people find a voice with which to moan and groan, but they don’t actually DO anything. To have a positive effect, words need to be backed by actions.
    A case in point is South Africa’s era of pass laws. Mandela was one of those who pointed out that if every single person who felt the system was grossly unfair had burnt their passes, there would be nothing the authorities could do about it. He was right, but the response was too apathetic to be effective. Apathy and fear both played a part.

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  6. A very thought provoking post. And a difficult one. Voice, I think is not only when to speak, but also when not to speak it out in some instances. I don’t know many people who did it when it was time to speak. Very few did it with him, if there was any, when Gandhi spoke his voice and yet it liberated India; with Ninoy Aquino, with Mandela, with Aung Suu Kyi and a lot more who did it alone and yet they risked their liberties and lives no less for the sake of so many people.

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  7. Very thought provoking Colline. I try in a small way in the community around me. Don’t think it makes much of a difference in the larger scale of things though!

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