Silence as wise as Time but is this wise?

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs,
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

– Ansel Adams

When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

The above line provides sense, culturally, to the political behavior of many Filipinos which is apathy in the face of persistent gross inadequacies in the community. The norm could very well be the manifestation of a cultural value (or, intergenerational wisdom, if you may) which is silence in the positive sense or what students of spirituality refer to as waiting steeped in patience, a wait that could outlast Time in its endurance; borne of a solid-rock faith that in the wait the answer will come. Interpreting this in cultural and personal terms, it is strength, a taking back of control over a situation, a reclaiming of power. On the contrary, as the community’s response to widespread reality affecting it, the value, like a diamond in the rough, reveals a chink, its Achilles heel which, if left as it is, could become the undoing of the community.

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