8.22.2009

Diplomatic Silence

I have a lot of opinions.

(Did you hear that? That was the sound of my father's head nodding furiously in agreement.)

A lot of opinions. From theology to politics, music to food, I have something to say about just about everything.

I feel like I spend a great deal of time biting my tongue and sitting on my hands. This is not an entirely bad thing. Sometimes it really is best to keep one's opinions to one's self. I remember learning this lesson the day a friend had the courage to chew me out for ripping on something that I knew she liked. I remember being startled into complete agreement with her, and totally grateful to learn the lesson on how not to be so tacky. (And besides, she was right. U2 rocks, and I humbly repent ever thinking otherwise.)

On the other hand, sometimes it's tiresome to feel like I don't have the freedom to speak openly about things about which I'm passionate. I used to blog about politics & theology more, but don't so much anymore. I'm more aware that not everyone who reads this shares my opinions about this, that, and the other. I don't want to offend people, and I don't want to write something that could have consequences now or down the road.

It's against my nature to be so reserved, especially since I ultimately do trust that my voice matters - that everyone's voice matters. I just know that I can't control how what I write/say is received.

Not that I'm comparing myself to the prophets, but it would have been a really sad thing if Isaiah & co. shut up for the sake of diplomacy.

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