As I grew up in the culture of “the nail that sticks out gets hammered in,” I was taught to suppress, stay low and keep my head down. To this day, debate, dispute and confrontation intimidate and terrify me. I greatly admire people who stand up for themselves and others.
I understand some even get high on provoking other people. When someone voices an opinion that differs from what I think, I just obtain that information and their point of view, and never argue or try to explain my point. When someone tries to bully me, I usually try to diffuse or avoid. I remain at peace behind my silence.
I do believe that everyone should speak up to defend someone and yourself from physical and mental harm, though. I have never had to do it by myself, and it would be a big challenge for me to come out of my silence wall when the time comes. I still won’t be able to change other people. But, as Mr. Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic said, “the nail that sticks out gets hammered in but the assertive one doesn’t.” Virtue always wins, right?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Break the Silence.”
“When was the last time you really wanted (or needed) to say something, but kept quiet? Write a post about what you should’ve said.”