At the core of it

Protest “To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. The human race Has climbed on protest…”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I have been thinking of this often, the idea that there comes a time when you should raise your voice. Hopefully this comes after much internal deliberation.

There is a sense of wholeness at the core of man
That must abound in all he does;
That marks with reverence his ev’ry step;
That has its sway when all else fails;
That wearies out all evil things;
That warms the depth of frozen fears
Making friend of foe,
Making love of hate,
And lasts beyond the living and the dead,
Beyond the goals of peace, the ends of war!
This man seeks through all his years:
To be complete and of one piece, within, without.
- Howard Thurman, “Knowledge…Shall Vanish Away”

That is the wisdom, knowing when to speak and when to listen.