What is truth? And what if our idea of truth doesn’t foot the accepted line? We risk offending or being rejected but take heart that some will respect us for speaking out, holding true to our beliefs.
We are blessed to live in a free country. Cherish that. Challenge it.
Advocacy or Activism?
Disturbed by government funding cuts in my particular fields of words and music, I eyeballed a politician and spoke my mind. He took it with grace, as he touted his party line. I supposed that was the end of it.
A year later he welcomed me onto a policy sub-committee where I could voice such reservations, written and spoken. They were noted and a slant found its way into draft working paper representations. Even the gratifying word “listen.”
Will it make a difference? Who knows. My words may be edited out in the process.
Rather than whine on the fringe, I’m satisfied that my concerns are heard.
What if people misunderstand?
Letters to newspapers are edited, sometimes giving an emphasis not intended. If I list several names as an example of a group, the editor may choose the one most noteworthy and ignore others that would temper my argument. This may project a more extreme position than the balance I intended.
“I’m amazed to hear you support X!” people exclaim.
Actually, no. The other three names gave a broad perspective.
I cannot recall or fiddle these words above my name.
Avoid a backfire?
I could play safe. But I choose to exercise my freedom for the good I intend. Let’s hope my audience gets it.