February 4, 2013
If spoken words can hurt, an outward sign or facial expression can cause a rift, and a malevolent touch can spark a fight -- what then can silence do? Can it cause far worse pain? Does it depend how long one is silent? The gravity of the situation? The context by which one chooses not to talk? Who is to say whether one thing is more hurtful than the other? Who is to say whether being hurt is a function of one's own thinking or if it is inflicted? Who made the rules? Who thought of being quiet as a weapon?