What is a voice?
Simply put, it’s the expression of our opinions and beliefs. Do we all utilize our voices and are all voices really that important? We do not all utilize our voices. In fact, many chose to be silent. Or maybe they don’t. Maybe they are silenced. It’s unfortunate, but the softer voice often gets drowned out. Nevertheless, I believe that all voices do deserve to be heard, to some extent. Maybe what you have to say, someone near you needs to hear. So what drowns your voice?
Fear of judgment and failure immobilize my tongue. My voice, normally strong and unwavering, falls prey to these fears. What if I’m wrong and someone challenges me? What if the person who I esteem finds fault in what I have to say. Or worse, thinks me inadequate and incapable of competent coherent thoughts? What of this?
Yet, I must say that my biggest enemy is ignorance. It chokes me. Slithering its sly smug hands over my mouth and laughing at my inability to refute what I do not know. Lack of knowledge, simply being uninformed always kills my voice. Because how can I rebut an argument I know nothing about? Instead, I find myself silently embarrassed and quizzically nodding approval of a subject I desperately wished I knew anything about.
I urge you to find strength in your own voice. Listen to it. Challenge it. Encourage it. Introduce it to new voices, parallel voices, or opposing voices. Love your voice. Never be ashamed of it. Don’t allow anyone to stop the growth of your voice. Additionally, if someone puts you down for a minor or inconsequential mistake or belittles you and makes you feel inadequate, unworthy or invaluable in any way then they are not someone you want to esteem. That last thought is often extremely difficult to embrace, because, unfortunately, that belittling person is sometimes a loved one. Nonetheless, we must not be muted. Instead, we must sing.
Can ideologies become harmful?
Yes. If you do not understand your ideology and instead you chose to accept it at face value, never challenging it, or searching for weaknesses, and only follow it blindly, are you not a lemming? Does the value of your life, then, somehow decrease? We are each individuals with unique perspectives on life. We have our own voices. Our own thoughts. As a result, we have diverse ideas and concepts to contribute to our world. And doesn’t your voice become muted when you blindly accept the values of another?
What is an ideology?
An ideology is usually defined as a set of beliefs and practices shared by a group of people. But isn’t that a simplification of it? An ideology, to me, is how we as humans perceive our world. It’s how we cope with difficult realities. It’s our personal values and our political doctrines. It’s how we lead our lives. Everyone has an ideology, usually multiple. There are religious, political, social, personal, familial, educational, business, etc. It’s endless. But what does it mean to you? What are your ideologies?
I have to make change. I have no other choice. I will not be satisfied with my life, unless I do.
I have started this blog as a means of encouraging those who feel constrained or limited in their ability to help or change the world around them. For those who see what atrocities and injustices humans are capable of committing and want to help but feel they have nothing to offer, or that there is simply too much suffering for any one person to make a meaningful difference. My other intention is that I want to encourage those who feel or are restrained by social standards. We are stronger and more competent than what we perceive ourselves to be capable of accomplishing. I endeavor to not only make more people aware of this truth, but more importantly to help them embrace this truth.