I want to take some time to celebrate silence.
And I don’t mean the state of silence, that utterly wonderful thing that allows you to contemplate and feel the world’s existence.
No, I mean the act of being silent, as in not speaking, keeping quiet, shutting up.
It used to be commonly celebrated in times passed, as evidenced by the large number of sayings about it, from all over the world, such as
To speak is silver. To keep silent is gold.
It’s better to keep quiet and let people think you’re stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
to name just a couple.
This is certainly not the case anymore. We’ve collectively perfected the skill to constantly keep our mouths running without actually saying anything and yet it’s even worse when we do. The most overrated character trait in our day and age is without a doubt ‘not being afraid to express one’s opinion’. We are priding ourselves on having opinions about everything while knowing nothing about anything and in my experience the people who pride themselves the most on not being afraid to express their opinions are themselves the least likely to respect and value the opinions of others and the most likely to present their opinions as fact.
And here’s a tip: if you only speak when you have something valuable to say and choose your words well, you’ll find that people will actually listen to and value what you have to say.
have a great weekend everyone and do yourself a favor,
Shut the Fuck Up