I didn’t worry that I’d lost my voice because it was constantly screaming in my head. I needed to remain still for awhile, to filter out the noise of others’ anger.
Each of us is entitled to our own thoughts, which have been formed by our education and forged by our personal experience. Although the combination of these two influences require me to listen to the opinions of others, I’ve reached the point where I can no longer thoughtfully consider those that are driven by fear.
Without our permission, fear-based and emotionally driven schools of thought have infiltrated our thoughts and lives. It’s tough not to be intimidated, because their proponents wield guns instead of ideas, but as anyone who is sentient realizes, firearms are incapable of rational thought.
This is America, like it or not. I do not like it.
I can’t ignore the increasingly angry voices whose fear is infectious. While I’ve been taught there’s a difference between righteous and self-righteous anger, and separate these opinions into two distinct categories, I am spending more time filtering angry messages than I would voluntarily choose, and struggle with the impulse to react, to denounce, to use facts as proof in order to persuade those who have been indoctrinated with fear-based beliefs. I have been so intimidated by the proponents of irrational schools of thought, I avoid listening to them, or reading their words.
Fear is a powerful motivator, as the small group of children who survived yet another school shooting have demonstrated. They’re pushing back with courage against the fear of those who have abandoned rational thought. These kids demonstrate that courage is more influential than fear.
Despite all they’ve been through, they’ve retained clarity of thought, without the noise of anger and fear.
We can learn from them.