Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Silence is Not Always Neutral


Silence is not always neutral. Consider:

  • The person who stands by and says and does nothing when an injustice is done.
  • A policy that doesn't permit discussion of a topic because it is a belief is favoring another belief that prohibits such discussion.
  • The idea that one can discuss the process of getting a job but not the values required to get and keep that job is in essence accepting the applicant's current values.
  • The person whose silence implies assent to a proposal.
  • The person whose silence implies assent to a proposal but who secretly opposes that proposal.
  • The individual who believes that being nonjudgmental is ethically appropriate in all circumstances.

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