So. Once upon a time I was in a relationship with a man who said to me “Janet, I wish you could hear what I'm not saying.”
(Still wondering what the heck it was he wasn't saying. No kidding!)
The phrase is kind of an interesting one, & I was reminded of it today.
Those of us who are activists (some of us cannot bear to be passive-ists) can’t hear what you are not saying.
What you are not saying about Canada’s prime minister, for example, who is laying waste to all we Canadians have ever held dear. Environmental regulations. Democratic government/leadership. Nature. The voice of scientists. (Go here for a good summary. Here’s what I’m doing about it, among other things.)
What’s that you say? Too busy? Listen, I’m busy too. Busy working on your behalf, on everyone’s behalf. Speak up already. Before it’s too late.
I also can’t hear what you’re not saying about nukes. About living in Toronto (Canada’s largest city) with a nuclear plant over on the eastern border, perched on Lake Ontario, a mere 30 km from downtown, people!
Can you say Fukushima? Chernobyl?
Can you say, What the Hell are we thinking?????
Speak up! I can’t hear what you’re not saying.
I wrote recently about the personal being political. (The posting about patriarchy is actually a case in point. Patriarchy rears its ugly head every single day of the week. It's very personal, & very very political.)
I’ve been doing some speaking up in my “personal” life lately. There have been some little … situations … I’ve been a little too quiet about. No one likes it, exactly, when you rock the boat, of course. Sometimes, though, the boat needs rocking.
I think many, perhaps most, situations on Planet Earth are “too late” for us to fix now. I get that. I’m not going to candy-coat things for you. Things are in a mighty pickle.
Things could be worse (will almost certainly get a good deal worse, for sure) - & as long as we keep quiet about things we ought to be noisy/speaking up about, they’ll get worse in more unpleasant ways than any of us might care for (that too is both political & personal!).
Please speak up. Use your voice.
Raise a little hell.
Protesting is good for you; I mean it literally, good for your health!
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p.p.s. The Durham Nuclear Awareness (DNA) group's Facebook page is here. It has a very recent post about last year’s Pickering hearing & what expert Arnie Gundersen believes people in the Pickering/Durham Region/Greater Toronto areas need to know (scroll down to find the 3-minute interview).
‘Quote of the Day’ with this post: “Evil thrives on apathy and cannot exist without it.” – Hannah Arendt
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968 [more MLK quotes]
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1964), a Nazi victim who was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen & Dachau
** Quotes on conscience
Tons of great quotes in ‘Quotation Central!’ section.