I have a voice. Why have I imposed a self-exile on my voice? Why have I allowed others to determine the use of my voice? Why did I believe that my voice had no value, that it could not add to the cultural conversation, that it would be best for me not to use my voice? No longer!
I do not have all the answers for the current condition of our society, but I do need to be part of the conversation. No one knows what I am thinking, if I do not let my thoughts be known. No one knows the contribution I can make to further the societal conversation, if I do not speak. My silence, then, harms the whole. No longer!
A person my agree or disagree with my thoughts. That’s fine; but the thought of someone disagreeing with me must not hinder my duty to speak. I have been given a voice. It is a gift. It is for the benefit of all. It must be used. I will not neglect the gift I have been given. No longer!
I will speak the truth as I understand it. I will expose my thoughts to any who will listen. I will add to the conversation. I must. It is no longer an option to remain silent!
And you…will you join me?