Silence may be dangerous


I just witnessed a young teacher and poet named Clint Smith’s powerful speech titled The Danger of Silence.

The quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, “In the end, we shall remember not the words of our opponents, but the silence of our friends,” is used by the speaker to introduce himself.

Clint’s warning on the peril of quiet got me thinking about how and why we share tales to influence the lives of others.

Some people produce books with 1000 pages, some blogs with 1000 words, while yet others only share a little tale.

Clint Smith presents several stories in under five minutes, many of them in a single deep or lyrical phrase. Each has the capacity to alter your way of thinking and how you go about your daily life.

An intentional, small-scale action can have a large-scale impact. Change emerges as we carry out the repercussions of the first deed.

Clint makes a commitment to live each day “as if there is a microphone tucked under his tongue” in order to speak out against injustice and ignorance.

I strongly advise you to watch this lecture because, in just few minutes, his succinct yet powerful tales may alter the way you perceive stillness as a counterbalance to action. One purposeful action you make now or later in life might have a domino effect and influence, or perhaps save, the lives of others.

People’s thoughts and behaviors are changed when we tell our experiences with the same determination that Clint does.

Come to Journey Off The Grid, a TedXMelbourne event, on October 10 if you reside in Melbourne and want more TED deliciousness. I have the honor of speaking about how stories affect people’s lives.