Some speak words yet have no voice
Some have a voice though say nothing worth while
Some are silenced by injustice, shame or pain
Some in their silence speak volumes.
There are too many people today who have no voice. My immediate thoughts go to those who are hungry; who are victims of drought or floods; who are struggling to survive on less than £1 a day. Sadly, I can think of these people and not feel too uncomfortable about them. They are a long way off and there is little that I can actually do to help them.
However, there are many closer to home. The small child who is told not to cry, or to make any suggestion as he is “only a child”. The young girl who, abused repeatedly, is warned that if she speaks out then she would “get what was coming to her”. The teenage boy who is bullied at school and fears for his life if he tells all.
Remember, children grow. Many of the adults that you and I live and work alongside have “no voice” because of what happened to them as they grew up. You may even be one of those who have no voice.
Is there an answer? Yes. The answer is you. The answer is me.
If we open ourselves up to our friends appropriately, and when the opportunity presents itself (and this may need further explanation at a later time), about our failures, our hurts, our fears, our lives with honesty, integrity and a genuine vulnerability then those adults around us will slowly find their voice. To know that they are not alone; to hear a similar story to theirs; to be given the opportunity to speak and to BE HEARD will slowly bring back their voice.
I have to check my words every day. I have been guilty of shutting people down and probably compounding an already painful silence. I need to listen – genuinely listen; I need to care. Surely I can do that?
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
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