“They taped over your mouth, scribbled out the truth with their lies, your little spies…”
(Crush – Paramore)
While taken out of context to the song’s intention. Nothing has ever held more truth for me than that line.
Why is it that we allow our mouths to be taped shut and our voices never heard above a tentative whisper whilst others roar the revised standards of the day from rooftops no matter how far off base they may be? We allow zealots of popular theory to ‘manage’ us and drown out our viewpoints for fear that if we rock the boat we may be thrown overboard.
Have you ever stopped to wonder if perhaps the solution lies in doing just that? Do you really want to go down with a sinking ship because you were too scared to stand up and point out the iceberg? Sometimes you need to take a deep breath and be the one to jump first.
I still teeter on the railing at times myself, unsure, and held back by the ‘sink or swim’ aspect of raising my voice against a notion or theory. What will people think? What if they reject what I have to say and as a result me too?
There are times I’ve hung my head in shame for having seen events unfolding and having done nothing to prevent it. All because I’d bought into the lie that my opinion didn’t count, that mine was just one voice against a multitude.
In the end, who and what you are will eventually speak for itself, and your truth will be known. So why not hold your head up high and own it from the beginning?
Yes, I know. Because it’s frightening and this world is so very intolerant of anyone or anything that goes against the grain. It’s human to be so as we are created to be social creatures and work as a whole. Living on the fringes of popular opinion is lonely.
But do bear in mind that if what you have to say snatches at the edges of their security blankets its only because introspection can be a daunting thought. It’s always far easier to lay the blame at someone else’s door and point the accusing finger in another direction than to look into yourself.