Raise Your Voice!

activism, free speech, fighting for your beliefs, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherI’ve never really been one to speak up and fight for what’s important to me, Modern Philosophers.

I was actually raised in a household where my stepmother preached the philosophy of “Children should be seen and not heard”.

As a result, I grew up a shy and introverted child.  I always had big ideas, but I rarely verbalized them, out of fear of being punished.

That has carried over into adulthood and is a major character flaw, which haunts me to this day.

I know my writing career has been hampered by the fact that I am not good at self-promotion.  I’m sure dating would be much easier if I were better at saying what was on my mind to someone to whom I was attracted.

I did try to speak up about something important to me last year, and I got into a lot of trouble for it.  As a result, I crawled back under my rock and kept to myself.

Obviously, that did not help.  You can’t expect the world to change for you.  The people holding you back aren’t going to change anything because the status quo is working in their favor.

You’ve got to raise your voice and demand change.

When I finally got up the courage again, I made sure I targeted the proper audience.  There’s no point in raising your voice if the right people aren’t hearing your message.

It has definitely helped.  I feel like I am more in control of my future.  I know that I have a say in how my life is going to be.

And I encourage others to raise their voices as well.

There’s power in numbers, and we can see how those who have broken the silence have affected change in the world.

activism, free speech, fighting for your beliefs, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherTeenagers in Florida are going toe to toe with politicians, and proving that children should be seen and have a right to be heard.

Women across the country have brought down powerful men, who thought it was their right to prey on the opposite sex at will.

Don’t think that you don’t have a right to raise your voice simply because your issue isn’t getting media coverage on a national stage.

If it is important to you, then it is worth the fight.  Never think that you aren’t significant enough to raise your voice.

The First Amendment was written to protect every American, not just the rich, powerful, and camera ready.

Just the other day, a friend who has kept her voice silent and her issue bottled up inside her, finally decided to raise her voice.

I was so proud of her.

The world is a better place when people are confident enough to fight for their beliefs.

Raise your voice.

activism, free speech, fighting for your beliefs, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherDo not let fear of reprisal keep you quiet.

Your reticence gives more power to those intimidating you into silence.

Sadly, raising your voice and fighting for your rights does not guarantee you will get the outcome you desire.

But staying silent almost always means that you will not see the change you deserve.

Raise your voice!

Change does not happen quietly…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Raise Your Voice!

  1. Austin, SWOON!!! Perfect message at the perfect time.

    I was raised by a more than authoritarian parent, and itge effects carried over into adulthood for me, as well.

    Maybe it’s my age or my growing assertiveness, but I’m just through with being compliant and silent.

    Bless you, and be brave.


  2. The Hook says:

    Well done, Austin.
    It’s been a long time coming, but I think people are finally beginning to see the truth about the NRA and gun culture in general.
    But you’re right, we need to start caring more about the state of the world in general rather than what’s on television or how many Followers we have on Twitter. And that’s coming form me…

    • Austin says:

      I’m also urging people to speak up about anything in their lives that bother them. Big issue or small, everyone has a right to speak up…

      • The Hook says:

        Indeed they do, Austin.
        Then again, Rockin’ Ronnie spoke up time and again. The problem was, we couldn’t get past the madness that was clouding his judgement.

  3. Great message! I wonder what the devil would say about what’s been happening lately…

  4. davidprosser says:

    Very well said Austin. I hope these teenagers go ahead and make the change they want, the change everybody needs. It’s time the NRA was cut back to being a gun club and nothing more with no standing politicians on it’s payroll.They are not allowed divided loyalties and paid opinions.

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    I love this post, Austin. Great job on it.

  6. markbialczak says:

    Well said, Austin. Your voice is ready to be heard, good sir.

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  8. Austin, from one introvert to another, you are right on target.
    I was extremely lucky, in high school, that I bumped into performing on stage and going to speech contests. It doesn’t change being an introvert, but it does teach you how to hide behind the curtains and put on a Great and Powerful Oz act for a short period of time.
    Here’s the other challenge: nowadays it far too easy for your target listener, standing right in front of you, to choose to not hear you. I think about that challenge a fair bit.

  9. Lisa Orchard says:

    Great post, Austin! I love that you stood up for yourself and your encouraging others to do the same. You are a voice raising machine! 😉

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