Friday, October 15, 2010

reflecting...


how do you feel inside when you see injustice? do you think that it is your responsibility to do or say something or do you prefer to remain silent?  and if you choose to remain silent, is it because you think that freedom of speech is merely an illusion? or because you think that it is not your responsibility to do or say something? or is there some other legitimate reason that you choose to remain silent?  tell me, how do you feel inside when you see injustice? hmmmm...

i often ask myself these questions.  when pain and suffering reign so prevalently around the world.  challenges abound from every corner. oppression. slavery. human trafficking. all forms of discrimination and abuse. genocides. wars. homelessness. hunger. starvation. abject poverty - worse than the kind most people think of as poor.  yes.  these conditions still exist for so many in this world we live in today.  the thought of people, human beings, living under such inhumane, distressed conditions tear at the very walls of my heart.  i sit with these thoughts, and the feelings they evoke. i sit with them and i look at them deeply.  and i know, with all that i am, that it's just not within me to remain silent. (exhale).


  
*have a conscious friday and a divine weekend.  one love.

15 comments:

Gail said...

HI Se'Lah-

good question. I am never silent - if I am around injustice I cannot be still. I imagine if I feared for my life I might wait for "back-up", so to speak. I have actually lost jobs because I rose up against injustice.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Love Gail
peace and hope.....

C.M. Jackson said...

I love your blog and the way you ask us all to look within--I feel angry and speak out when confronted with injustice--beautiful photo and post--hugs c

Sharon said...

I've been silent in the past because I've been afraid, but I've grown up and I realize that there are more importantant things than fearing for yourself. I've vowed to myself not to live within my fear any longer. I will no longer be silent when I see injustice or hear it either. I will speak up. I will act.

Elisabeth said...

I feel sick when I see injustice, Se'Lah and sometimes hypocritical. I speak out when I can, but oftentimes I am helpless.

When I think about real injustices in my country here in Australia, I think first about both the asylum seekers who are displaced from other lands and sometimes treated badly here, too in not being made as welcome as they should, and I think of our own indigenous people who have also been displaced and whose culture and very existence suffers as a consequence.

I speak out when I can, but it's often not enough. Thanks for the prompt, SeLah.

Anyes said...

Thank you, Se'Lah for not remaining silent and making us more aware of how much suffering is happening around us

My Castle in Spain said...

Se'lah, this is a good reminder for us not to remain cowardly in our shell. I do confess, at times I didn't speak up as much as I wanted to or should have.
Hugs to you.... :-)

Birdie said...

Se'lah I don't remain silent when I see injustice and when I can do something to change it. But what can I do for the people who suffer on the other side of the world? For most of the time I can just sit and pray for them. Which brings a bit of peace to my heart but does this really help them? ... I'm strong believer that if we see injustice we should step out and try to change it if we can!
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend!

Tracy said...

VERY good question today, Se'Lah! When I see suffering or injustice I feel sad, bewildered, upset. I see so much in the news & such that I do no understand why these things happen. I have not been much witness to injustice to myself or those I know or acquainted with. If I did, I like to think I had the courage to speak up, to act for a positive good, a positive change. This post has me thinking, my friend! Thank you for all that you bring here... Happy Weekend ((LOVE & HUGS))

Wanda said...

I feel outraged, powerless, and sometimes hopeless. Sometimes I feel scared of putting myself in harm's way. I am grateful for those who cannot remain silent. And sometimes I wish I couldn't.

Cinner said...

Se'lah, hi my friend, this is a wonderful post. I speak up more so ever since I became ill and realized what really matters in life, although I always have voiced what I believe in. This is very thought provoking and the more awareness is drawn to the above issues the better the world will be. glad to be back. take care.

Baracka said...

very powerful post!, thank you for reminding all of us to stand up for the weak, the poor, and for injustice. thank you for helping me grow and start by looking with in myself to find the courage to speak against injustice

blessings...

Jen said...

I have been known to sign a petition of AVAAZ. Beyond that, I don't know what I can do.

http://avaaz.org/en/

Brian Miller said...

if we grow silent we lose our voice, much as they that are suffering have...our silence condones...

Vickie said...

Your path in life as brought you here...Never stop embracing your love and compassion for life! I see your heart Se'Lah!

Chris said...

I try to be aware of the injustice that's prevalent in our world. However, there are times, sadly, when all we can do is wait, watch and help as much as possible and offer prayers of hope.