A Couple of International Languages by Nuerkey Narh




Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. 

      -Haile Selassie  

Have you tried being the voice of reason in an association where everyone just bends the rules and it’s okay?


 If you can’t answer the above question in the affirmative, then I’m sorry to be the one saying this, but your soul is blackened and needs to be delivered from the pits of hell. Yes, I really did say that. That is the society in which we find ourselves…”A culture of cowardly-silence, a controversy-avoiding society where ‘getting along by going along’ is the way of life.” Someone said, and his veracity is undoubted, that “our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle then you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate”.


If you did answer “yes”, first of, I love you and I’m very proud of you. Depending on the situation, you may have heard the following words a number of times – “nonsense”, “traitor”, you know the names. You may have even been referred to as a fool. Some people have heard the word “bullshit” far too many times that they sometimes mistake it for their name.

Yes, you’re probably thinking it’s better to mind your own business. In most of these situations, you’re up against the odds. It could be your job on the line. Your comfort, anything you so cherish. No one wants to be labelled an outcast. No one wants to be the troublemaker. But if you could just name one person called ‘Nobody’. Please don’t tell me you were about to quote Mr. Nobody from the Fast and the Furious Franchise? How could you? This is life-threatening. I’m really worried about you now! Okay, let’s get back to business.


When such controversies present themselves, we are called upon to make certain decisions –

at least, our consciences are. It is not only about choosing our friends, but we are called upon to make a pronouncement on who our enemy would be. The struggle is not so much whose side we’re on today as it is whose side we will permanently be up against.  I figure there is no better place to be standing than on the side of truth. And now, permit me to quote Albus Dumbledore when he said, “…It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but just as much to stand up to your friends.” When it comes to confronting your friends with what you believe in, and standing up against them, it takes courage. They’ll call you names for doing what is right. But, that’s okay. 


Nowadays, people say there are different versions of the truth. I ask myself if truth is a colour so as to have different shades. But I’m pleased to know that not all people have their own versions of the truth. A friend and I were talking a couple of days ago and his exact expression was, “well, truth still stands… a limping truth is a lie”. It got me thinking for a while until I realised there was nothing to think about. He was absolutely right. There’s no such thing as a white lie or a green lie. There are absolutely no colours of lies. There are no such things as harmless lies neither are there half-truths. They are simply untruths and must be called such. In a world where morals are being buried by the hour, it takes courage to stand up for something you believe in. People would say society is changing and so must your view on certain things.


Do not get me wrong, I am not saying you should not to be responsive to change. But there’s a thin line between accepting change and selling yourself or what you believe in. Let them tag you with all the names if it means defending what you believe in and calling them out on their wrongdoings.  And you know what’s funniest? As far as you’re not agreeing with them, everything you say is bullshit.

Integrity cannot be bought over the counter. It takes courage to choose integrity over a lot of things especially if it is not bringing food to the table. But integrity is the very thing that we must live for. That’s what matters most.


As far as I know, I’m not going to go along with what I believe is not right. You should join me. And when they tag me, all I’ll say is, “Yes, I speak a couple of International Languages; one of them is Bullshit”.


If you must stand for something, Stand for what’s right.





PS: I apologize for any sensitive statements or words that may offend any reader. These traditionally sensitive words were not omitted as they form an essential part of the story behind the article. Thank you.


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