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Finding Our Way by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Ending Our Silence

Eight hundred years ago, Catherine of Sienna, who was later canonized as a Catholic saint, stated, “Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.” Her words haunt me today, as I notice how much silence there is and how it is growing around the world. This silence, like a thickening fog, is becoming visible in many places.

– At an international peace conference in Croatia, participants were asked, “What keeps you from speaking up for peace?”

– At an educator’s conference in the United States, a well-known champion of public education confronted his audience with three important issues that no one was talking about, behavior he dubbed as “our great silences.”

– In Europe, many people express remorse that their ...

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