There is a song I'm listening to called "Take Action" by a wonderful indie/jazz band from my school, Organic Flow. There is a line in this song that I would really like to share with all of you that makes me think about everything all at once?#34;about personal concerns, societal issues, and ultimately, about ideas that stretch beyond the realm of our physical beings:
"Silence is the most destructive action that an individual, a group, a community, a nation, a society, a world in general can take."
From the launching pad that is Organic Flow's quote, I thoroughly agree with them. If we are silenced by any means, whether it is from fear or governmental control, and if there's anything we have an opinion on?#34;anything we want to fight for, anything we want to stand up for, anything we want to object to?#34;the foundation of our strength, our independence, and our determination to have our voice heard is hurt, sometimes to the point of destruction. Sometimes we are wounded so much by our oppressors that we have no desire to try any further to stand out, stand up, and speak up.
And then sometimes we get a burst of adrenaline from our put-down, and we'll feel more compelled to keep trying, keep fighting to get our voices heard. That's what newspapers are for, anyway, and that's why I am writing: because I should.
I hope everyone out there who has something to say?#34;no matter how many people disagree with your point of view, no matter how many times you've been told your idea is stupid, no matter if you've never written to a newspaper before (well, see here, neither have I)?#34;will someday have the courage, have even just the idea, to pick up a pen or chill at your typewriter or computer for a while and just write.
Write what you feel; write what you think; write what you hope; write what you fear. Send it somewhere; send it everywhere; and maybe you'll be published?#34;your words, your thoughts, will be out there for the public to see, and maybe even to challenge your thoughts. This way, I think we'll be able to see each other with more understanding, more comprehension that humans, although oftentimes varying hugely in ideologies, are really more similar than we often like to pretend. We as humans can segregate one another, discriminate, start rumors, destroy one another (in more ways than one), and?#34;God/Goddess/Spirits/Universe/Humanity forbid we forget this one?#34;we can also love one another.
And that's the best thing about silence, my friends: it can be broken.
OPRF High School Junior