Coincidentally to this prompt popping back up this morning, I heard some awful news yesterday about a situation that possibly could have been avoided had others not kept silent. They are having to manage their way through a terrible situation, and a life is in ruins as a result.
To blow a whistle, or to ignore what’s going on; to keep your feelings to yourself and not face ridicule, or rejection; to offer an unsolicited opinion, or just go with the flow. To avoid an awkward, or difficult situation. We weigh these options, large and small, on a daily basis. But, no set of circumstances are the same, so there’s rarely a solitary solution.
Many of the responses to this prompt debate whether keeping silent is a virtue, or a vice. You can decide to speak up and the result may be positive, and all involved are grateful you said something. Or, the outcome may be contentious, or disastrous, even if it ultimately proves a good thing you decided not to keep quiet.
How many times has someone said to you, “I wish you had said something!” Or, “You should have kept your mouth shut!” Sometimes, you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. The only sure thing, as the saying goes, is that hindsight is 20/20: Things are not always clear, and some solutions are not known until the circumstances are well behind us.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Break the Silence.”