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Let the voiceless speak for themselves

I see so many people speaking on behalf of others, often starting out with good intention, but later distorting that intention by projecting their own values on the ones whom they wish to uplift.

Despite our best intentions, we stifle the voices of others when we speak on their behalf.

Not to be confused with supporting the oppressed against the oppressors, it means that we must cease the hand of the oppressor while creating a platform for the oppressed to speak for themselves.

To give someone a voice is to ensure that they are independent of your voice.

The difference between guiding and supporting them versus speaking on their behalf is the difference between allowing them to claim their dignity, versus making them dependent on you for their dignity.

Anything less is a milder form of oppression and conflicts with the objective of uplifting others.

For this reason, don’t seek to be anyone else’s voice. Gift them with their own voice by building them up to speak for themselves.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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