By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes.1 His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favourable comments and a resurgence following his death. Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”2 All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot: a boy struggles to escape poverty.3
It’s not the age of silence. It’s only with a lack of luck that a forthcoming individual lacks a voice by which he’s known. If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak. The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident and singular sentiments are spoken.
We should not shy away from our opportunities to speak. Humility’s not always to our advantage, and we should come forward with something we have in mind to say. The adjoining of human lives is extremely advantageous as the like-minded can and do join in solidarity to reside among the voice of the collective. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.
If you’re already proudly speaking, and your words are from the heart, let them sound aloud and share your true sentiments with those who are supportive. Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune. Reading this is the opportunity to come forward with speech, so avail yourself of this possibility that your words are worth it and reach home. Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.
If you’re of the mind to “like” this post or “follow” my blog, that’s great. You’re welcome to comment as well. This is my chance to say a little with my own voice.