It would be too much of a sweeping generalisation to claim that all forms of expression are valid. Context can make a difference to the way symbols and signs are presented and received.

In an ideal world, one would feel free enough to communicate with integrity. Jumping through hoops and making compromises are not habits that lead anyone towards fulfilment.

So, how does one strike a balance between speaking one’s truth and being generous in dealing with others? There is no formula for this. Everyone needs to find a personal way.

In moments of communal solidarity, people sometimes feel the urge to speak with one voice.

This might be useful in a push for social reform, but after the work is done, each person is left with the self once more.