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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

Does ''having a voice'' means to have people listening to you?

Does it mean that you have followers? The voiceless are therefore the people that nobody listens to. Is that correct?

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  • 1 month ago

    No. The voiceless are the people that don't speak up, sit silently by and watch. To have a voice means to speak your mind. Being listened to is a separate matter. If you have something useful or important to say, you will find listeners.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It means one can express her/himself or be heard. However, that does not, necessarily, mean anyone is listening. For those who are voiceless, there is nothing to hear.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, in that sense. It is more a case of someone is advocating the things you desire (you could be your own advocate), and an advocate is useless if no one pays him any attention. The idea is that the effective reality is that you have no voice rather than that you truly, physically, have no voice. It is similar to the idea of "if a bear craps in the woods, does it smell?" If no one is there to smell it, then it does not matter to anything, there is no smell that affects anything. Same with speaking: it is of no value if you are ignored, it does not matter to anything. You are (effectively) voiceless.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Indeed your idea of "having followers" is just about right.

    "The voiceless" has greater social implications, it refers to people who are probably poor, and thus have no influence in society. "The silent majority" is possibly slightly different - for me it refers to people who do not make their opinions heard, and thus who are seen to accept whatever goes on.

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  • 1 month ago

    this is not the correct meaning. it means not being shut out of propounding your position -- not that anyone can be compelled to listen to it [example: i can't imagine any school board listening to the flat earth hypothesis -- even if the speaker has the mic for 5 minutes.]

  • 1 month ago

    It that context yes it does.

    However we might talk about 'the silent majority' rather than use "voiceless"

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