"Your greatest responsibility is to use your voice, for there are so many people, too many people in our world, who are never heard - even while they are screaming." Cleo Wade
As I've been scrolling my Facebook newsfeed this week, I've noticed that the intense feelings that many of us have about the recent shootings has resulted in an influx of posts regarding said injustices.
And some people are now adding disclaimers at the start of their posts, as if they're giving too much airtime to something so significant. Something that is deeply felt by the masses. Something we are all trying to make sense of.
But I say "too much" is poppycock. Maybe it's too much for some people, but if it's what YOU need to express, then go for it.
Say all that needs to be said. Do all that you can to wake up a sleeping world.
If your goal is to educate and awaken others on ANY issue in our world (of which there are plenty), quit apologizing for your beliefs and for how much you're posting about the realities of what's going on beyond our respective bubbles.
Quit diluting yourself and your message just because it might rub some people the wrong way.
Who cares if it makes people on your list uncomfortable when you express the truth of what's happening around our world? Complacency does nothing and people will remove themselves as they need to.
Their comfort is not YOUR responsibility, my friend. You have work to do and your mission cannot be dependent on the approval of others.
Has adequate change ever occurred with the full permission of everyone this change would affect? Of course not. Most people could care less if things change because they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
No one likes their feathers being ruffled, especially if they feel zero responsibility for what is actually happening.
Those who change things, do so despite what others think, say and do, and precisely because their vision is brighter and clearer than the voices of those who do not share it.
If you have something to say, SAY IT. Because people are listening and the ones who are ready to hear you, WILL hear you! They need YOU to step up and put words to things they cannot understand yet or don't yet have the words for. Basically everyone is online these days anyways. You probably already have a captive audience. So use your voice for good and take the necessary steps towards creating the change you're envisioning.
We are ALL learning from one another every day. And I for one am thankful for every person on my list who posts videos and articles and updates on the subjects they are most passionate about because it gives me a deeper understanding and a wider perspective on the issues we are facing in this world.
We need to help inform one another and take responsibility for our own ideas that may be outdated. We need to not only challenge what's going on, we need to challenge our own thoughts about what's going on.
We are allowed to think new thoughts when new information comes our way. We are SUPPOSED to do that! That's called using our brain! That's what it's there for! To assimilate new information and come up with a different conclusion when we learn another way.
DO NOT silence yourself or be apologetic about your convictions when we need people like you to stand up for what's right and good.
Whether your heart is booming for change with regards to animal rights, trans rights, gay rights, women's rights, black rights, native rights, human rights, civil rights, the environment, poverty, education, suicide, mental health, domestic violence, or anything and everything in between, you're seeing that there's something wrong somewhere and it bothers you enough that you're wanting to say and do something about it. AWESOME.
Thank you for helping our world.
It doesn't matter where you start or which cause you most align with or when you entered the ring on any particular issue. What matters is that you're a good-hearted human that wants to make a positive difference in the world. What matters is that it hurts you when other people hurt. What matters is that you're reading and learning and asking questions and thinking critically.
What matters is that you're uncomfortable with injustice. What matters is that you're doing something about it.
Please keep telling the world what it needs to hear and doing what needs to be done.
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