Something got me started

I was sitting in a room with someone who shared something with me. I liked it. It made me laugh. Yet it focussed on some things I get pretty serious about.

  • Speaking up.
  • Influences that stop you from speaking up
  • Consequences of speaking up
  • False arguments preventing you from speaking up
  • Humour
  • Not saying what you really mean but still getting your point across (not a strategy I’d endorse at say a care assessment meeting / care managers can be so literal)
  • Profanity. I see someone beat me to writing ‘In Praise of Profanity’
  • When profanity is misunderstood and used as an excuse to beat you with because you’ve been naughty and talked about how you feel about things.
  • Listening to the voice
  • Celebrating the culture within the voice
  • Recognising diversity

So, a mighty list. Might be best you read what was shared with me before coming back to see how this ends.

But just to say what else No Comment reminded me of:

First They Came by Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me And there was no one left to speak out for me

I note that references to the ‘Incurables’ seem to have been lost to memory.

So, Speak Up.
Yes. I know I am in this room
With you who have stopped speaking
Stopped because of the beating
Stopped because you were not heard
Stopped because of the way things changed
Stopped because you think you’ve had your time
Stopped because no one listened
When someone should have listened
Stopped because no one cares
When someone somewhere should have cared
Stopped because the way your treated
Is the way your treated and that’s all there is to it
Stopped because of the pain you feel
The pain from the beating, the pain of rejection
Stopped. Stopped. Stopped speaking
Because you’ve stopped speaking

Look back.
Look back to all these stops
Why stop?
Should you stop?
You should not stop
Know you should not stop
So start
Start speaking
Start believing
Start to take your life back
The world did not stop
Because you stopped and grew tired of starting
The world carried on the way the world carries on
And because the world carries on the way it carries on
You must start
Start again
Start anew
And Start afresh


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