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The mysterious Silent Majority

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To act or not to act, requires complex reasoning which some may not have time to do and others may not care to do. Yet, the power of Good or Evil lies in the Silent Majority, writes Cristiano.

It is so amazing what a small act can spark. A simple sms greeting could bring peace on earth, if only it was meant sincerely. We are so used to sending out greeting cards and messages on religious and non-religious festivals, but don’t usually think of its value.

I was touched by a friend’s reply to my sms greeting for the Eid Festival last year. The sms said, “Thanks. In this Koran and church burning season, your good wishes are well appreciated.”

There is so much incitement to violence and hatred in this world and we don’t remain unaffected by it. A few retaliatory emails usually find their way into my inbox urging me to pass them on to wake the ‘silent majority’ up, by alarming them. It’s quite gross and mindless really, as whoever starts the chain doesn’t seem to realise that the mouse could turn into a monster like Robespierre’s Reign of Terror after the French Revolution.

The alleged ‘silent majority’ could find more positive ways to put peace into practice without becoming like the ‘fanatics’. There are many fanatics in history, not only amongst Christians or Muslims. To name one, the Nazi Adolf Hitler, the inventor of ethnic cleansing.

This clarion call is rather off-key, trying to make music on a false note. We must be wary of what music we listen to and which Pied Piper we follow. The ‘silent majority’ is probably in the habit of self-preservation or finding the best way to be seen as non-reactionary. Yet, silence often cloaks inner thoughts and feelings. Who knows what the ‘Silent Majority’ really thinks? Why is the majority silent in the face of obvious and blatant injustice?

Are we controlled by fear or is it mere herd instinct? Some claim the majority are cowed into silence, or have excused themselves from the responsibility to oppose injustice done to a minority amongst them – or even have vested interests at stake. Perhaps, the majority want to believe that the terrible things happening in this world are just another nightmare from which they will wake and forget in the morning sunshine. Still, the ‘sound of silence’ has its impact.

It takes courage to acknowledge that one may be wrong, even to ourselves. To act or not to act, requires complex reasoning which some may not have time to do and others may not care to do. Yet, the power of Good or Evil lies in the Silent Majority.

Cristiano is the pseudonym of an Aliran member.

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