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In our raucous world, small voices are often more powerful

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My grandfather was a Meiji man, born during the Meiji Era (1868-1912). When I was a young child, he once gave me a piece of advice on how to speak. “If you really think you are saying the right thing, you don’t have to shout. Speak in as small a voice as possible,” he said.

For some reason, his advice comes to my mind often these days, possibly because this is an era filled with loud, vociferous voices.

Aggressive tweets, loud exchanges of insults and all kinds of noisy disputes involving so many people characterize our age. Small voices seem to be good-for-nothing things doomed to be drowned out........

© The Asahi Shimbun