You’re Always Speaking Up (Even When You’re Silent)

At all times, you’re taking a stand for or against something.

There’s no such thing as a neutral place in ideological space. No matter what you choose to do or refuse to do, your underlying worldview will bleed through.

When you choose to opt out of a debate, you’re taking a stance against the assertion that you’re obligated to participate in the debate.

When you choose to offer no comment on an issue, you’re taking a stance against the assertion that it would be more appropriate for you to speak up.

Apathy is never without impact. And silence has just as many enemies or victims as speech.

You’re still free to be uninvolved, uninterested, and uncommitted when it comes to any discussion. You’re just not free to be neutral.

True neutrality is impossible.

Everything you say or don’t say is a vote you’re casting for a specific philosophy of life.

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T.K. Coleman

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.

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It’s that kind of thinking that people use to justify voting in political elections. They say that by not voting you are accepting the status quo and not voting is actually a vote for the status quo. I don’t buy that. Perhaps you might want to rethink this. Just because one does not speak out against something doesn’t mean that they are in favor of it. Who the hell has the time to speak out against everything they are against or in favor of everything they are in favor of?