“Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are…the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions.” —Primo Levi, author If This is a Man (1947), a firsthand account of his survival in Auschwitz.
Embrace The Silence: A Different Take On Whistleblowing
Educate. We’ve dedicated an entire department to it at FW, because we work toward peace in Congo by elevating and illuminating. Illuminating the deadliest war of our time. Elevating Congolese voices.
And there’s you. As of yesterday, the coalition is 50,000 strong. What do we ask of you? Make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace.
Now, picture a whistleblower.
What do they look like?
What are they doing?
Probably not sitting idly by, not the meek kid picked last in kickball.
Likely, someone bold and disruptive comes easily to your mind.
But, whistleblowing isn’t all about moving and shaking. There is no one personality or style required.
There is also beauty in silence. There is a purity in it. A deep ocean dive, the desert hike of the mind. During our deliberations at FW it organically consumes the room. It doesn’t mean there is nothing to say. Rather, it is the moment of static clarity, where ideas filter and settle.
We don’t always get it right, but we’re learning passion and patience can occur at the same time. We’ve realized that, once you break silence, words can become weapons, because every idea you put forward has impact.
Still, the silence is no place to stay. Speaking up is the only way to get where we’re ultimately going: Peace in Congo.
Go find your words. Whether it’s taking a breath or finishing that newspaper article. Revel in the quiet. You are learning. And then? Shatter that silence with conviction.