For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is an old saying, something we’ve all heard.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
I have mixed thoughts about this old saying. On the one hand, it could be interpreted to mean that we should not dwell on evil thoughts. On the other hand, it may refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety by looking the other way or feigning ignorance.
It seems to me that the only one of the three monkeys that makes any sense is the one depicting “speak no evil.” The other two equate to turning a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong.
At the risk of getting political, a perfect example of seeing, hearing, and speaking no “evil” is the conservative Republican position on critical race theory, which is a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy. Republicans don’t want to talk about it and don’t want teachers to discuss it with their students. In fact, they don’t want to engage in any topic that makes white people feel uncomfortable, particularly when it comes to race. Some school districts even teach that the American Civil War was not about slavery, it was about states’ rights.
So when I see the “Three Wise Monkeys,” I think it is promoting the notion of being deaf, dumb, and blind to the harsh realities of life and the world around us. I think of an ostrich sticking its head in the sand. Or of two other old saying that I don’t agree with and believe both to be negative.
Ignorance is bliss.
What you don’t know won’t hurt you.
I am not sure I have any great insights into how to relate today’s quote specifically to blogging.