Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Deafening Silence

In life, we're given choices.  Every choice we make defines us.  The question here though, is the choice of silence or inaction.

In life there are many instances where sometimes you just have to swallow the truth.  Nothing good can come out of it.  These moments suck plain and simple.

This is a choice X-23 faces every day.  We were given hints of it in Circle of Four where she couldn't abide it anymore since it would have made more like her.  It was pretty much the entire basis for her run in Academy X, and was a major highlight in Target X.  There are even spots of the ongoing that dove into this.  Does Laura remain silent about the Facility and how they are tracking her cousin and aunt, or does she publicize everything which could put them in danger too?  Does she track these monsters down for what others would perceive as revenge or does she take the higher road of trying to let it go and move on with her life and inadvertantly flaunting her growth into a better person?  She bit her tongue in dealing with her former teammates the beginning of the ongoing as well.  A moment where she could have explained to them everything on why she did what she did, but they probably wouldn't have been able to handle it.  So it was silence to protect them, and just take their assaults and judgements that were thrown at her.

It's a parallel we've all faced in our lives at one time or another.  That line of speaking a truth that'll cause nothing but pain for others, or remaining in forced silence so others can have blissful ignorance while we stay in pain.

So the question presented.  Which is better in life?  Do you stay silent so those you cared for stay happy, or do you just let it all out so you can selfishly feel better about having to swallow that bitter pill?  It's these kinds of choices that make life hardest at times.  Especially in a world that wants to jump to conclusions about anything you'll say, is harshly judgemental out of blind anger, and all around forgets everything that led up to how things got to where they are.

To put it bluntly, it's the essence of a choice with the answer being either way you're screwed.

(*Update* Bottling up emotions isn't healthy.  It's a fine line between the two of silence and bottling up those feelings until the bottle breaks.  There's also psychological damage that can come from forced silence, especially in matters of confronting the one who put you in that spot of forced silence for whatever reason.  In these instances, seek help any way you can.  There are many toll-free helplines dedicated to dealing with these exact kinds of issues and places dedicated to helping those that need help.  It is not weak to seek help.  It takes strength to know that something is beyond your capabilities to handle alone.  True inner-strength means sometimes reaching out for that hand that can help and not make it worse.)

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