- do I have to condone or support such things? Should I remain silent?
I was expected to make noises which condone these behaviours. It is what other people are doing and I am expected to do the same.
Nobody expects me to condone the behaviour of fools who drink an excess of alcohol, get behind the wheel of a car, speed off and cause an accident in which law abiding citizens are killed or maimed for life. Why should equally stupid, selfish and arrogant behaviour be treated any differently?
It is stupid, selfish and arrogant to needlessly endanger the lives of other people and I will not condone that. It is stupid to take unnecessary risks. It is selfish to use resources others need and you do not need. It is arrogant to attempt to change the beliefs of others simply because of a belief that you are "right" and they are "wrong".
If the beliefs of others do no harm then, I believe, they should be respected. I have no right to impose my beliefs simply because I believe I am, in some way, superior. I am not. My beliefs are not. They are merely different. I do not have the right to change the location of the goal posts simply to give me an advantage.
By speaking out, however carefully, am I behaving in the same way as those whose actions I refuse to condone? Am I also being stupid, selfish and arrogant? Am I endeavouring to impose my beliefs on them?
I am still pondering this issue. "Never, 'for the sake of peace and quiet,' deny your own experience or convictions" Hammarskjold says. The problem is that I crave peace and quiet.