To Agree Or Disagree . . . March 15, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People, Poetry.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
Often, but not always.
When someone comes charging along, angrily challenging our heart-felt beliefs, there is a danger in failing to express disagreement with their views.
e.g., Hitler and the Holocaust. How many stood idle in silent acquiescence?
If we choose not to respond to critics who challenge heart-felt beliefs, others may view our silence as acquiescence or be intimidated by the aggressive nature of our challengers (who may still be lurking in the shadows).
Those who wish to explore our thoughts with us may be afraid to do so, concerned that their heads will be next on the chopping block . . . while we stand idle, afraid to get our hands sullied.
Fear is a powerful motivator behind many decisions we face in life.
Instead of silent agreement with aggressive statements postulated by others, we can instead speak our truth quietly and clearly and hope that our words are heard ~ even when we know they are likely to fall on deaf ears.
By way of example, if an editor is focused on editing my work and my words to improve the flow and clarity of my thoughts, I’ll let them have their say without significant debate ~ later deciding whether to incorporate their suggestions into my work, or not.
In contrast, if a critic is not challenging the quality or clarity of my writing, and is instead attempting to act as a censor ~ challenging my right to share my beliefs or attempting to intimidate me in order to get their own beliefs before a wider audience ~ then I say:
Quote: “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ~ Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, ch. 31
No rules. Just write!