Monday, January 28, 2013

What Do We Know?

Photo by: Marco Bellucci

When did we become scared to tell each other the truth about the way we behave? In so many instances I see people witnessing absurd behavior, sometimes even joining in on the behavior but not doing anything about trying to change destructive behavior. Why?

At work, people will blurt out inappropriate things in meetings. On the subway, people will dance and act a fool. On TV, women and men will treat each other with vile disrespect but many times we sit back and participate in the madness. Does being silent mean we don't care? Or does speaking out mean we might be standing out there on our own? Which is it and is it an either/or situation?

Martin Luther King, Jr. said that "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." What matters?  I'm constantly thinking about the questions we aren't asking each other. It seems sometimes we get ourselves involved in situations and then turn around surprised that we don't know how we got there. We have to ask the tough questions and we have to put in the hard work if anything is going to get better. Let not a 2nd term for the1st African American president put us in the seat of passivity. Let's all get active doing the work to make a difference!


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