Fear (part 2)

What prevents you from speaking out against people that have wronged you? Fear? Fear of being  criticized. Embarrassment? Made to feel like somehow it was your fault. Scrutinization? Having to defend yourself or dealing with the repercussions of speaking your mind, whether justified or not. Is this what lies at the root of people’s silence? Fear? In this day and age, after wars were fought for our freedom. Such a rich history behind our great nations, and we choose silence over the right to speak our mind?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

The only thing silence ever solved for me was a headache. It’s no way to go through life. Unless, of course, you’re plagued with chronic headaches.

Why, when we, as a society know something is wrong, do we choose to look the other way, questioning not only our instincts but our own eyes and ears? Why, when we know we’re being taken advantage of, do we continue to accept it? Fear of ending up on the losing end of a lengthy court battle? Fear of being called “crazy”, “paranoid”? Fear of having wasted our precious time fighting something noone else cares enough to back us up on? 

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain

Like hell fear is going to stop me from acting on what I feel is important. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Screwed over. Royally butt-ended.

Why do we have to be the victim in order to have any fight in us? To have any desire for justice? To have the strength and agility to move forward on issues that otherwise we’d probably have ignored completely?

I will say it again … Fear could be the ace in the hole, allowing these companies to thrive while potentially getting away with major fraud. After all, who’s to stop them? Our worst enemy, Fear, just happens to be their best friend and greatest ally. The internet itself and the anonymity it provides is the perfect platform to manipulate and mold things exactly the way you want them to look. Some people look at things through a microscope though. They are harder to fool.