Speaking of silence

Saw this in the Economist back in the day.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

In my criminal procedure class, my professor sometimes asks us what our reaction is to some sort of controversial issue, and the response is sepulchral silence. He shakes his head and tells us how he grew up with a vocal generation that protested Vietnam and civil rights violations. The silence continues. ESPN and shoe shopping is on display on the computer screens the professor cannot see. No one speaks. No one cares.

We are that lame. Yes.

“Today’s generation doesn’t even argue–they just leave.” Pastor Jose Rojas (On youth leaving the church)

Today, people want to be walked along, hand-in-hand. No one wants to do anything to difficult or anything that means they will have to stand alone, or anything that may cost some pride. We are not supposed to leave or count ourselves absent. What is this weird resignation that has overcome the young adults of today? We are supposed to stay and reason. We are supposed to be valiant and firm. It’s time for us to stand and speak.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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