Interest - Silent Majorities

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lazarony
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lazarony 30 United States CholericSanguine ESTJ 8w7 503C
Hmm. What would be a strong example of a silent majority, in your opinion? The Chinese people, or something like that?
Wanderer
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β Wanderer 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 512 288C
To be quite honest, I found myself in the highly embarrassing situation whereby I couldn't actually recall a single situation off of the top of my head, even though just yesterday we'd discussed this in the fig chat and I'd started this very long rant.

It took me a while, and a lot of consideration, to think of something concrete. There are two types of silent majorities that I think exist: large groups of people that choose not to act upon or express their opinions, and people that are forced into silence by the laws of their countries or the like.

The latter is the easiest to find an example for - the suppression of the female voice in most european countries prior to the 1900's is one fairly obvious example. They quite literally had little-to-no voice with regard to anything in their lives. They were the pets of men.

The former is harder to come up with examples for because of the nature of a silent majority - they don't speak, so it's very difficult to know what their views are! On a small scale, things like film or video game audiences come to mind. There are lots of instances where the majority of people will love and find no problem with something, but they will stay silent and allow the minority of vocal critics to destroy the reputation of whatever it happens to be entirely. ∞ LINK ∞

A large scale example in my mind is the treatment of people in many parts of Africa. I have often wondered whether I am the only person that wants the western world to do something much more significant towards ending the terrible conditions some people are going through. The way that I see it, their people are crying out for help, and our people are aware of it, and want to help, and yet very little that could be done is being done. There are charity events like sports relief which really highlighted how terrible the conditions can be for people, but it shouldn't really just be left to the charities. I think the problem is that it's almst a sort of taboo subject - African governments want to find independant solutions, and to imply that they are failing as a nation, even if that's not what is meant, will cause a major political drama, so it's hushed and avoided.
Wanderer
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β Wanderer 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 512 288C
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke? (Disputed)

So often, bad things happen/have happened in the world that we disagree with but either find ourselves unable or powerless to stop or feel unable or just unwilling to try.