“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
-Bernard M. Baruch
People are quick to allow themselves to be censored. If not by a 3rd party, we will often do it to ourselves. Rather than flexing our creative muscle and speaking our minds, we relegate our thoughts to remain undisclosed — removing our “true” opinion from the conversation.
While we generally speak towards our individual bias and represent our own unique ideals, it is too common for us to exclude certain points and tailor our voice to fit the platform we are speaking from.
Take political opinions on social media as an example.
So often I’ll see someone make a generalized statement or something that would likely come off as offensive to someone, but immediately take a step back at the early signs of offending their audience.
Of course, something as inconsequential as a political opinion shouldn’t be shared at the expense of others, but that doesn’t mean we should constantly filter ourselves.
This extends to communication in the physical world as well.
If the people you talk to dismiss your ideas and opinions, you need to stop talking to them. You shouldn’t join a flock of yes men, but you should consider keeping company that stimulates the free expression of thought.
Because unspoken ideas inevitably decay into wasted thoughts.
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