via – Daily Prompt: Conundrum
To speak or not to speak – that is the question; whether ’tis nobler to suffer in silence the wrongs that happen around me or take arms against a world of injustice, and by speaking, end it. To be silent, to hide – no more- and by hide to say it doesn’t exist. The pain, and the legacy it leaves for those to come. A thing to be despised for sure. To speak, to expose – to expose — perhaps to end; that’s the thing. For in the ending of injustice what dreams may come when we have broken the wall that separates us should give us hope. That’s the thing we need to make a world worth inhabiting. For who should bear the sticks and stones of mouths that shout. Those who speak such hate, fear what they do not understand – fear that the oppressor will one day be oppressed. Must there always be an oppressor? Must there always be people who are seen as less than worthy? The poor, the marginalized, they suffer for perceived sins; the people of color, they die for perceived guilt. Reality does not matter, for it’s more important to remain superior; to speak of “those” people like their suffering and death is deserved. For if not them, then who? To speak or not to speak – that is the question; that is the conundrum. To kneel with those who kneel; to march with those who march. To speak, to expose – that is the answer; for though I am one, we are many, and in the many there is power enough to oppose injustice, to stop hate, and to show that the world is good.