We are living in a time when it is not convenient to speak your mind. The political correctness police are everywhere from our national media, in our advocacy groups, and in almost every segment of society that wants to separate itself out and be offended by anyone who has a differing opinion.
As a result, we are not freely speaking our minds and hearts, which is the foundation of a government by the people. And if we dare to speak our truth, there are many from various quarters that are ready to heap their condemnation—and in some cases rage—upon us.
Even if we are hailed by many for speaking our truth and we begin to become a popular voice truly reflecting the people’s views, there are the ever-vigilant watchers who just wait for that one to slip and say something that can be twisted and construed as being offensive to some individual or segment of society.
And then begins the destruction of a character or a career that otherwise might have helped lead us to a higher way of thinking and living. Or worse yet, take statements out of context and push an agenda that hardly even matches the original intent of the speaker.
We have separated ourselves so much from each other that we no longer respect the viewpoints and perspectives of our fellow citizens, let alone others from differing cultures, when they do not agree with ours.
Rather than seeing diversity as the balanced contribution to a society that governs itself, diversity has become divisive—separating races, nationalities, age groups, political views, lifestyle choices, and just about any other aspect of life you can think of.
We must ask ourselves, “What are we afraid of?” How is it that we have become so conditioned that we do not trust ourselves or one another? And what can we do about it?
There are spiritual laws in this universe in which we live. Whether or not individuals or societies choose to be in alignment with them is a matter of our free will. But as history has demonstrated, civilizations rise and fall due to the wise or faulty choices of those within the civilization. We seem to repeat the same lessons over and over rather than learn from our mistakes and our history.
When we deny our true natures and allow forces both seen and unseen to dictate how we feel about ourselves and one another, then trouble always arises.
It is time for each of us to dig deep within our hearts and souls and discover who we are and what we are meant to contribute to this world. It may be as simple as fulfilling a career, raising our family, or simply being a light unto the world. But whatever it is, it is time to discover it and speak your truth.
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet