Isn’t that what they teach us in our childhood? If speech is silver, then silence is golden (Eza al kalam men fedda fal sokoot men dahab). Silence is one of the qualities that they try to inject in us in the Arab world.
Silence is good, despite our differences, everyone seems to agree on that. They give us examples of situations and daily encounters where they show that silence has been the best practice to keep safe and win.
I wonder how long has “Silence” been our favourite choice. Reading history Arabic history before Islam and for decades after it, one can see that our prominant quality has always been “Speech”. I guess that “Speech” was even considered more important thant physical power at some point in our history where muscles were needed much more than our current time. Men used to conduct “Speech” fights within themselves rather than physical fights. The better speaker used to be highly regarded than the others.
How did that change? and why?
Yes, it is true that “Silence” can be a better choice in certain situations, but it isn’t the right choice always. Most of the time speaking up to set things straight is better.
As a child I was subjected to follow this way of thinking. Being the good boy who I was, I certainly memorized this idiom and applied it in my daily activities. I was nearly always silent! I was shwy to speak up, and I thought that it is the right thing to do.
When I used to get misjudged, I stayed silent. When I had a new idea to present at school, I remained silent. When I needed something, I chose silence and never asked.
I figured out that “Silence” doesn’t win me any points in terms of social value. I have never won any friends by being silent. I have never gained more respect to myself by being silent. I have always regretted not standing up for my rights because of my silence.
As I grew up, I knew better. I learnt that if silence is silever, then Speech is not just golden, it is more than that. Speech is diamond. It is our sword. Our power to stand out from the crowd.
I guees that I am not the only one who realized this. Arab bloggers are aware of the power of Speech. We won’t remain silent anymore. We choose Speech to voice out our thoughts and make changes in our surroundings.
Keep up the good work guys, and keep on talking….