There are times when a person should listen instead of speak. In the world that we live, everyone is always talking. I wonder if anyone even listens anymore. I like to think of myself as someone who listens.
There are definitely times when a person should speak! Throughout the history of the United States of America, there was something for which to speak out; so many human liberties were being scrutinized.
Today, we still protest against those things with which we don't agree. Whether one is in England speaking for public education, or one is in Russia fearing for her safety because she is reporting another side of the story, we need to have the freedom to express our voice.
Sometimes there are people who are voicey because it means being heard; politicians are the best example of these kind of people. I don't trust the words that come out of the mouth of a person running for a political office. Sorry. I just don't think that all that talking can amount to anything productive.
Usually, people talk to gossip. We all know the habit of some to spread news, true or false, about another person -- known or unknown. I am not a gossiper, because I feel that nothing is true unless I witness it first-hand. Since that is rare, my grasp on truth is often tenuous.
Ultimately, it is crucial that humans have the ability to speak, in favor or opposition, to the government that oversees the lives of so many. In any nation, around the world, the injustice that often occurs is ludicrous considering the ability of us to connect and be informed.
I am an anomoly. I believe in the right of anyone to speak, anywhere. I also expect spectators to respect the opinon of those speaking and except the new knowledge (perhaps) into their thinking. But I also expect everyone to tolerate everyone else's opinions. I may be a dreamer, but I do understand that freedom is a flexible state; for any human to preserve freedom, she must respect and understand the vast mechanism of the government that rules her. I strive to relate and debate what I know to be the truth.
If there is a person out there searching for a reason to live, the reason could be listening. Once one has listened thorougly, one can speak rationally.