“SOMETIMES ‘NO COMMENT’ IS THE BEST RESPONSE”

This is nothing new. We’ve heard these two simple words before.

We still do. It doesn’t matter if you’re either a celebrity or a politician with a rumour of a scandal. Just look at the cameras and show your palm.

“No comment.”

There you go. It’s easy. Just send a crystal-clear message to the world out there that no, you don’t feel like telling them anything. After all, they don’t have to know everything.

How about the social media nowadays?

Well, it’s the usual, daily reality. Aren’t we all entitled to our personal/professional opinions about anything – even without being asked first?

If civil human rights is the issue here, then everyone can have a lot to say about anything they want. I’m entitled to do this. I have a right to do that. It’s my prerogative! I have my own will. Me, me, me!

If civil human rights are enforced without greater tolerance among others, then who gets to win the argument? The tyrannic minority? The bullying majority? When do we draw the line between right and wrong? Which values do we rely upon?

Most importantly, when do we find that it’s better – and much more necessary – to just step back and not involve ourselves? Just mind our business and forget about the rest of the world for a while. (No, that doesn’t always mean we’re selfish! We’re simply taking a break.)

Social media has been the place for exercising your abilities – and skills – to share things with the world and express your opinions. Why not? After all, that’s the whole point, eh?

Some people do, some people don’t. Some treat their lives like an open store or a gallery. Some choose to preserve the mystery (if there’s still any).

In the end, it’s all about choices – even when we don’t always see eye-to-eye with each other. It’s up to you, really. You may express your anguish openly, over countless war victims in Gaza or those caused by ISIS. You can grieve over a famous actor / comedian who had committed suicide after years of battling against his own depression. It’s your civil rights. People may question your choices or even second-guess your sense of fairness and humanity in these matters. They always do. Welcome to life. Not everything is always fair. What are you going to do about that? DO – not just SAY.

You may respond to their arguments in your most elegant manner…or like cats fighting over food or territories, or little kids fighting over toys. Let them see how you are and perceive you in any way they want. Guess what? You can do the same to them too. Consider this a virtual playground. It will always be noisy, though.

Or, you can say nothing – and just let them guess. After all, sometimes “NO COMMENT” is the best response. Let them squirm with silent thoughts and curious questions about you, while you get to have your sense of peace in your mind. Well, even just a little…

R.

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