I saw this quote today via @anon_online on Twitter it crystallised some thoughts I have been meditating on regarding who speaks for me.
I tend to be to the ‘left’ politically but what does that mean exactly? Is it the same definition as yours? I don’t belong to a political party as none of them accurately represent me. When they speak it is not with my voice. There has been a lot in MSM lately painting Russell Brand as the public voice of anon and the left. Others have blogged on this @Maxjfreeman has an excellent post. Leaving aside my feelings on Russell the person does he speak for me like they portray? NO!
There are many positive reasons for banding together with or aligning oneself with a group of similar thinkers, I always espouse awareness of our collective consciousness and connectivity BUT and it is a big but (yes I have seen it in the mirror) I refuse to have any person or organisation speak for me: with me yes. That is an entirely different thing.
I don’t have the right to speak for anyone else unless they have specifically asked me and for good reason feel that they cannot use their own voice (I’m thinking about professions with restrictions) and I do not wish anyone to assume that they speak for me unless I have asked them, or for any media outlet or group of people to grab a hold of a figurehead and assume that because there are some similarities in our opinions that my voice is being heard simultaneously. I try very hard not to do this for others and I want that reciprocated.
Having said all that, I feel that not speaking out and then proactively DOING something about the beliefs I hold makes me complicit in the charade, if I don’t speak up then I am allowing this misconception to continue. This holds true for all behaviours.
Opinion: a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.Opinionated: arrogant assertiveness and dogmatism.