The Price of Silence

Martin Luther King Jr. Donald Trump. Charlottesville Protest. Silence in the face of evil. Responsibilities of citizens


“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In an earlier post, “Indifference Is the Enemy”I reflected upon the issues of love, hate, and indifference. The quote above, by Martin Luther King Jr., is focused on the same idea. These words are relevant at any time, in any age, but they have taken on a new urgency today.

The events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, were shocking to many people, but not just to the targets of the alt-right groups who parade openly, without masks or hoods, in defiance of standards of behavior expected by mainstream society. Their violence and messages of hate were met by outrage and denunciations by many people in America and around the world, except for one.

Violence erupts at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN.com)
Violence erupts at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN.com)

King didn’t mince words in this quote and we will do well to heed them. He used the term ultimate tragedy to characterize the silence of good people in the face of evil. President Trump’s abject failure to denounce the violent tactics of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis protesting against the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville was unconscionable. In the face of the critical fallout from his statements, Trump refused to apologize and has remained defiant.

Trump’s election in November 2016, was met with surprise and dismay by many Americans and by people around the world. Opinion polls are suggesting that his support base is eroding badly – and has been since his Inauguration in January. Republicans in both houses of Congress are reassessing their support for a president who has been a national embarrassment.

President Trump with fist raised in defiance beside the American flag.

Pointing an accusatory finger at President Trump is too easy, and can be judged a cop-out. King’s words were not just aimed at leaders – but at all good men and women. Is it enough to disavow the violence and hatred of the alt-right groups? I don’t think so.

Most of us reading these words are voters in a democratic country and that means we are responsible for the government we have selected to maintain law and order and to protect us from external and internal threats. As citizens, we do not have the option of sitting on the sidelines, cheering our favorites and jeering the rest. We must be active and participate in political affairs – locally and nationally. Standing by in silence will have tragic consequences. We must vote, support our local candidates, urge others to do the same, and march peacefully to support the causes that serve the common good.

Some of us are writers and we have a digital soapbox or podium from which we speak. King urges us to speak with love in a non-violent way. Hate is not an inherent feature of human nature – it is learned. Every single one of us is a teacher. We instruct others by our words and by how we live. Being mindful of this truth, we need to use our talents to live lives in love with our brothers and sisters and turn our backs on violence.

We are all responsible for what happens in our society and in our world. The time for pointing fingers and throwing our hands up in despair is over. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. There is no peanut gallery nor is there room for armchair experts to pontificate upon the woes of the world. We, you and me, are responsible individually and together for whatever befalls our society. The price of silence is too dear and it truly is the ultimate tragedy.


Morgan Freeman Explains Russia’s Attack on the United States

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Art by Rob Goldstein

Morgan Freeman explains the reasons for Russia’s intervention in the 2016
U.S. Election.

Watch the video and share if you agree with him.

Putin’s army of RT sock puppets and trolls are working overtime to bury this video with smears.

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September is the BEST time for what activity?

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie reminds us that September marks the beginning of a new year – a great time to establish new habits and goals. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Forming or Changing a HABIT
and setting new goals!
Don’t wait for New Years Resolutions

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Habits, Decisions & Attention Series

New year, new goals

©Phillip Martin, artist/educator

Somebody needs to write a new anthem: The kids are back in school!! (My brain wants to sing it to the tune of The Boys are Back in Town)

Except for our under-appreciated, overworked teachers, most parents begin yearning for September long before July is in their rear view mirrors.

As much as they look forward to more family time during the school year, most have forgotten how having the youngsters at home all day tends to make shambles of their schedules.

But the teachers are aware of something that the rest of us tend to overlook . . .

September really begins the New Year

I don’t care how old you…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… September 22nd

In 1967 – Expo 67 breaks attendance record of almost 43 million set at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. In 1862 Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation. In 1953 The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles. In 1828 Shaka Zulu assassinated. In 1980 Iran-Iraq War.

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did you know…

* 1967 – Expo 67 breaks attendance record of almost 43 million set at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels.

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, was a general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century with the most attendees to that date and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world’s fair, with 569,500 visitors on its third day. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… September 22nd”

The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons

I am moved by this classroom story by Jennie Fitzkee about sharing and creating a ‘family in the classroom’ – please, read on…

A Teacher's Reflections

Lunchtime in the classroom with fifteen preschoolers is very busy.  Once containers are opened, hot foods are heated, milk straws are inserted into their boxes, and napkins are found, things change.  Drastically.   Lunch becomes intimate.  Not quiet, but a place of comfort where children (and teachers) share their stories.  Children talk about their dogs and cats, their grandparents, their sleepovers.  They share what is on their mind, and also in their heart.  It’s how we become a family– we are a family at school!

Lunchbox notes are a special treat for children.  I make sure that I read the note to the child: “Happy first day of school, Ella” or “Have a fun day today at school, Josh.”  Last week Savannah had a special lunchbox note:

My goodness– it was a song.  And, it was Savannah’s favorite song.  I knew this was special, so I started to sing the…

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Optimists and Idealists unite! Let’s build a new Zeitgeist!

In a world of disasters, conflict, and cynicism, Opher Goodwin calls us to join together to build a new, optimistic worldview that can benefit the planet and all humanity. Please, read on…

Opher's World

I’ve been through my religious period when I had faith in some underlying mystical reality, was looking for coincidences and building them up into mystical connections, was looking for underlying truths and wisdom. I was looking for meaning in life. I was looking for a universal mind. I do not believe there is one.
So if there is no god creator then the basis of all religious belief has gone.
The moral codes I find muddled and contradictory. They are usually so unclear that people can read into them what they want. People can use the texts to support war, murder and retribution as well as love, understanding, forgiveness and peace. I prefer something less open to interpretation and misuse.
The history of religions show they come and go along with all kinds of beliefs, ceremonies, religious garb and ways of grabbing the attention of the god or gods of…

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Homelessness is a blight upon civilization and should not exist at all. Dewin Nefol of Wales, UK, spends much of his spare time working with the Homeless. Nefol created the Gallybloggers website to showcase the poetry and prose of the Homeless in the hope that someday, financial assistance and greater social and political awareness will be awakened. I have committed myself to help Dewin Nefol in this great cause. I urge you to consider helping as well. You can contact me privately through the CONTACT page on this site or contact Dewin himself. Thank you!

~ GallyBloggers ~

Call To Arms

Science suggests millions of years ago just one ‘seed of light’ springing forth from a sea of potential was all it took for the creation of the Universe. From this initial event new worlds came into being, and new life emerged from out of the darkness.

And so it can be that way again in 2017: whereby small seeds of light emerging from out of the silence and solitude of Homelessness can illuminate the hearts and minds of people and far more importantly highlight deficiencies in the competency of the UK Government who fail to manage Homelessness either effectively or humanly. Homeless people are suffering daily, and some also dying on UK streets, as consequence of Government Policies, an ineffective, prejudice  and woefully underfunded Social Security System, and pitiful despicable neglect by the UK Government who have an overarching responsibility to extend a duty of care to every citizen within the UK. The Homeless are not being considered either fairly or reasonably or if indeed at all, and neither is adequate funding or provision being made for…

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Stella Tells it Like it Is

John W. Howell’s furry kids critique his latest book – don’t miss this one! Please, read on…

Fiction Favorites


“Hey, John. What are you doing?”

“I’m proofing my latest book.”

“Let me see.”

Consequences of Childhood.

“Here it is.”

“Consequences of Childhood?”

“Yup thats the name.”


“Let me be honest. Doesn’t sound like something I want to read.”

“I never would have thought differently, Stella. I wrote it for humans.”

“Probably low brow then. Show it to the Canines and get their opinion.”

“Very well. I’ll humor you but I think I know the answer.”

“Bailey take a look at this book.”

“Yes Pops. What should I be seeing.”

“Does the title make you want to read it?”

“You are kidding right, Pops?”

“Well, Stella wondered what you and Lucy thought.”

“I for one don’t read. See what Lucy says. By the way I think Stella was putting you on.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Lucy. Get up?”

“Huh. What?”

“I want to get your opinion on the book”

“Aw Boss. I was just about to take a…

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