- Austin Williams
- Battle Ground, WA
- United States
Should we be more concerned with what to speak up about, or what to shut up about?
i hear a lot of philosophical quotes that say things along the lines of "silence is golden", and about listening a being silent. And lots of thoughts that we have that are better left unsaid. And I also hear many talk about speaking out, and being confident in your speech. And people regret the things they didn't do more than the things they did do.
Which should be more of our concern? What is a more beneficial mindset? Eliminating what doesn't need to be spoken, or encouraging what does need to be said? And is this more of a question of morality, ethics, or philosophical? Or is it all of the above?
Here's my personal philosophy on this subject:
The problem in this world is people tend to speak up when they need to shut up, an shut up when they need to speak up. But we don't notice when people shut up, so we assume that people are idiots that need to shut up. Instead of geniuses that need to speak up. And with this assumption, we discourage speech more than we encourage it.