“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”
“Tell the children the truth.”
My continual quest is to figure out how to stand up and speak truth in a way that will make a difference. There is a point of view that it is the act of speaking the truth that matters. I can’t control outcome. Yet, for me, if it makes no difference, what is the point? Then it is only for my own conscience?
One of the hardest things for many of us working in school buildings these days is being publicly silent the face of false statements that obscure reality, especially when we see the true consequences for colleagues, families and children. Even if we do speak up, we have not stemmed the tide of actions and policies based on false statements, assumptions and agendas.
How do we stay strong? Finding solace in a moment of realizing we’re not alone. Many others recognize realities. Many others are trying to speak up. Many others are trying to stem the tide in whatever way they can.
In this time, perseverance and determination are required often in the face of not seeing results for taking a chance, taking a stand, speaking up. In face, there may be undesirable results for me personally.
I take wisdom from people who accomplished things in their lives, who speak about truth in ways that give me hope (sorry it is, all but one,men in this particular post–don’t know what that means except for what an internet search turns up–a topic for another day or place).
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.”
“Learn what is true in order to do what is right.”