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I had a little chat with a friend over a cup of coffee the other day. We talked about a lot of things, including the rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding Covid-19. There was one thing that we have agreed on. Those who knew little, or believed some unproven theories are the ones who speak loudest in a discussion.
Hello, dear readers. It's the 26th of September and the last Sunday of the month, and welcome to another edition of my Sunday Reflection. And today's focus is on "Silence". What is the significance of silence?
The book of Proverbs says:
"Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues." Proverbs 17:28 NIV
Before I continue, a little disclaimer. The content of this post is purely my reflection on the verse above. I don't intend to preach or to teach. This is a matter of reflection and personal opinion.
Many times I have observed or even got involved in an argument. And my observation is, those who speak the loudest, make the least sense. And I confess, sometimes I am guilty of shouting or at least raising my voice in an argument.
The question, during an argument, how many times have you ever pause in silence, not just to wait for your turn to press your idea, but to listen to the other's point of view?
How many times that you got involved in an argument and the other person fell silent? How many times, you felt proud, you felt victorious because the other person had no more argument to give? But guess what, sometimes that silence means, the person merely believes that you are wrong and there is no point in arguing further because you were not even listening to his/her point.
How many times did we fell silent when someone corrects us? Instead of justifying the wrong that we have done? Sure, we may try to convince the other person that we had a "valid reason" for doing what was perceived as wrong. Where does that lead us to?
I believe, when someone corrects us, silence is the best first response. Only in silence, we can truly listen. Only in silence, we can only reflect on what we have done.
In this time of the pandemic. A lot of people believe in a lot of wrong things that cause them unnecessary fear. For instance, they believe, that if they have a cough or have a high fever, they don't go to the hospital or a doctor in fear that they will surely be diagnosed as covid-19 positive.
Often times, I would not say anything. But there was a time that I got tired of hearing it, I simply said:
"If that is the case, why was I not diagnosed as covid-19 positive when I was confined in the hospital?"
They fell silent. But after a few days, I would hear the same argument from the same people. It's hopeless to argue with people who would rather believe the statement of a drunkard.
The point is... well... let me point that out with another verse from the book of Proverbs.
"Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding."
Lastly, let me close this Sunday reflection with this song from the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel