Today is Day 6 of the March Slice of Life challenge – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
Our wind chimes hang silently until wind acts on them. Then there is the sweetest sound. The brass bars strike each other causing a distinct music that I love.
As ought about the wind action, about silence, it struck me that these desperate times are calling on us to be struck by the winds of justice, to give us voices to call on our leaders to be the leaders for all. There is so much injustice in our world – we cannot, must not be silent.
Several quotes keep nudging me:
2 by Martin Luther King Jr:
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
1 by Malala Yousafzai,
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
And finally by Elie Wiesel, who saw the worst in humanity, but always had hope.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
In this time of despair, of a time returning to the hate and oppression of the 30s and 50s, we cannot be silent.
Just a s the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are finding their voices and fighting for better laws on gun control, so too, must we find and raise our voices. We must fight for what we believe in, in preserving our democracy. We must not be silenced.