From Silence to the Deafening Disturbance of Difference

When everyone is shouting over everyone else, does anyone have a discernible message, one that breaks through to hearts and minds?

It often feels like everyone is speaking at a level that is loud and not in a form we would call dialogue. On social media, in the news, or in person we see shouting, personal attacks, and arguing to prove one’s point and seeking to be the winner of the argument.

That is a deafening alarm that makes many of us want to pull back and become silent, not to pull out of the discussion, but to bear witness to what is going on to come up with a more meaningful, thoughtful, and hopefully compassionate message which people may choose to pay attention to.

In this episode, I discuss the challenges with micro-aggressions and how they can be misunderstood, how ideas are taken out of context to make an argument, the difference between intention and impact and why intention gets a bad rap, what makes for a good dialogue, and how active silence is the space between reaction and response.

Read the full article on Medium: From Silence to the Deafening Disturbance of Difference.

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Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.