Monday, May 9, 2011

Thanks for the advice Bambi, but no thanks.

"If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all."


Hmmm...I'm not sure how I feel about that one. Don't you think that just glaring at someone or ignoring them could be worse than not saying anything at all? How about when you say "hello" to someone and they don't even have the human decency to murmur a reply? They can't say anything nice to you, so they don't say anything at all. What about those who completely avoid the people they don't like? Are they just holding their tongues and being polite? Maybe those who hold their tongue have lost their courage. Maybe they're cowards. If you don't have anything nice to say, then it's probably because you are not a nice person. They say the tongue is more powerful than the sword, but I think silence can cut even deeper. That cold, harsh silence that slaps you right in the face and whispers: "You are not even worth the effort of speaking." That silence that looks you right in the eye and then turns away without even the faintest glimmer of acknowledgement. That is the silence that stings.

I want to march up to that silence, grab it by the chin, and spit in its face. I want to say something mean. But that wouldn't be nice. So maybe I shouldn't say anything at all.

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