Here is my best attempt to quote him from the episode:
"When you learn certain things, what really is just a responsibility you have to tell the truth, it’s not really a choice. I felt that I had to speak out and whatever happened, happened, and I knew there would be a big fallout and there was."
Even though I am opinionated and consider myself a fairly open individual, I know I don't always speak up the way I should. In certain circles or on various topics, I can honestly say, I am afraid to speak. Not because I don't believe in my convictions but because I don't trust in the masses to hear my heart and be intent to share my truth as I intended. I let the fear of judgement keep me from the obligation to speak the truth.
Social media has taken the term "fake news" to a completely other level. Its staggering the misinformation that gets propagated in our culture faster than a wild fire through a forest in drought. Its rare for the average person to check their facts before spreading the truth of the hour. That coupled with the eradication of relational care in a computer generation that has no thought for the feelings of the people on the other end of the screen is a scary reality.
To see, for example. a teacher's personal information spread across the internet and their family's safety put in jeopardy as a result of a viral video that turned out to be an outright lie is nothing short of frightening.
But regardless of the cost, I have a voice, and I am the only person with this exact voice.
I can't be responsible for the way its received or passed on. I am responsible to lovingly speak the truth I know. Yes, it can get ugly, and wisdom should always be at the helm, but I cannot allow the crazy, that is our world today, to stop me from using my voice. My voice is not just for me, its also for others who need to hear it.
What about you? Are you living in that boat?
This conviction probably won't result in me sharing endless perspectives on social media because I think people get overloaded and its not finding the results its seeks to aim. I will however, share as I feel led and stop allowing fear to keep me silent regardless of how it may be received.
I want to have the confidence I heard in Paul Haggis' voice as he spoke, knowing the resistance and downright hurtful hatred was coming yet, not letting someone else deter him from standing for truth. He knew he had no choice but to share the truth about Scientology, because the truth trumped the negative fallout. Even if you have never been in a cult like Scientology, there can be lies you see in our world that need to be corrected. We have an obligation to share and to help people avoid the dangers they are headed toward, otherwise we are cowards.
May we together continue to speak where our heart speaks and in return hear those who are listening.