Not long ago I read the print out of a joke posted on the wall of an office. It was about a patient on life support, who had family and friends gathered, praying desperately for him to come out of coma. Suddenly, a janitor walks up and disconnects the life support machine to plug in his phone charger.
At first I laughed, then I frowned. The lady whose office I was in, smiled and asked what I would do in such a case. She did not know that I am a doctor.
“First of all, it is not possible”, I answered.
“How? Maybe the guy just stharted working there. Does he know what the machine is for?”, she countered.
“I have worked in a hospital that was next door to a brothel. When we had bad cases, the call girls
would mount our fence hurling insults at us. ‘Give him oxygen, wicked people! You had better not ask for money. Let that patient die, you’ll see whatwill happen to you!’. The security men, janitors, e.t.c. know when things are serious. To walk up to a grieving family and unplug a machine? Hmmm. They’ll pounce on you. In fact, no matter how green you are, you won’t try it”
She was unconvinced at first but later conceeded. I went back a week later and the joke was no longer on the wall. Did she remove it or the paper fell off on its own? Who knows. As much as we do not force our opinions on others, we certainly have to learn to speak up.
You don’t want to hurt your wife’s feelings, so, you let her wear an unflattering dress to church. Everyone is wondering if you took a look at her. You don’t want to seem forward, so you let your acquaintance bash women. Who will bell the cat? The time has come for us to lend our voices to our passionate beliefs. Be it women’s rights, child rights, your career, charity, name it. The more the voices, the quicker we drown out the negativity.
I have had horrible experiences from tailors. One held on to my clothes for 2 years and finally returned them unfurnished. The other, kept telling me my outfit was almost ready till the day before the event I needed it for. I turned up and she had absconded. My fabric was intact, uncut, unsewn. (By the way, I am looking for a great tailor so do me an email if you make clothes.)
I still expect that if I make a statement like “Tailors are horrible people”, you should defend your profession. Don’t be intimidated. That is if you are holding up the banner of Christ, though. The media is filled with people of all sexual orientations, nudists, the ungrateful, godless and more. We need to be out there, spreading the fragrance of Christ.
Proverbs says, “How fitting are right words! Like apples of gold in pictures of silver” Are you a student? Let no man despise your youth.Does that mean you should pour your life and energy into defending every mean comment? No, but, silence often means acceptance. Be silent no more.