We have all heard the Aesop expression (circa 620 BC), “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all”. Wise words to live by, certainly in our current environment, but our silence can do harm too.
By no means am I suggesting that we speak nasty and negative things, certainly not with my belief in the power of thoughts and words, as both stated by Buddha and Jesus. Negativity will only breed more of the same, and worse, poison your spirit.
The silence that I am talking about is the silence of the goods things that everybody (yes, EVERYBODY) has within them. We could all take a page out of Gandhi’s playbook right about now. When someone attacks you, either with force or words, you don’t engage with more negativity or condemnation, you take the blow and counter their attacks with love; returning the “violence” only inflames your opposition and solidifies their point of view. When you counter with love, you break-down the opposition’s ground and force them to see themselves and their actions; that’s how you create positive change, making the world a better place.
So instead of saying “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all,” perhaps we should start saying, “If you can say anything nice, then say it all!”
The power to change the world is within your abilities, but not through violence, it’s through love, so you must “be the change you wish to see in the world” and not, be as the world is, and truthfully, that means you need to change.
What is it that you wish to see the world become, and what kind of person are you going have to be in order for that to happen?
Make those changes, even against opposition. Leave world in better state then you found it!
Be well and peaceful everybody,