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Having a Voice

Thursday, September 19, 2019

One of the things I am most passionate about is that everyone deserves to have a voice. No one deserves to be silenced. Everyone deserves the opportunity to speak their truth. Many of the things in this world that make my heart hurt boil down to this central issue. From issues at work where there are 2 areas that should be equal and one doesn't get a say in the processes to people of different faiths not being allowed to worship as they choose. I donated to Cory Booker's presidential campaign after the first Democratic debate not because I'm going to vote for him (still undecided), but because I liked what he had to say and I believed that he deserved to have a spot on the stage at future debates (eligibility is determined in part by number of unique donors). I wanted to hear more of his voice, his truth.

On the other side of the coin, my heart also hurts when people use their voice to spread nothing but lies, hate, and misinformation. I have a very hard time understanding hatred against entire groups of people. How does allowing someone else to life their life, observe their customs, and practice their faith prevent you from doing any of those things yourself?

Finally, on a more introspective note, there are many times where I just feel the need to have my own voice. I don't necessarily need to be agreed with or need some kind of validation. I just want to be heard.
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