Monasteries of the Heart

Give me a word Story 26

When Khrushchev pronounced his famous denunciation of Stalin, someone in the Congress Hall is reported to have said, “Where were you, Comrade Khrushchev, when all those innocent people were being slaughtered?”

Khrushchev paused, looked around the hall, and said, “Will the man who said that kindly stand up!”

Tension mounted in the hall. No one moved.

Then Khrushchev said, “Well, whoever you are, you have your answer now. I was in exactly the same position then as you are now.”

Discuss: Do you remember a time when fear silenced your voice? Do you remember a time when you spoke your truth no matter the consequences? Can you share either experience?

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