‘The dog that didn’t bark’ is an expression from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. It was an important clue that led to identifying the criminal. It seems that the killer entered and left the estate grounds one night but without the guard dog barking an alarm at the intruder’s presence as expected. From this non—event Holmes reasoned that the dog must have known the killer and that clue led to solving the case,” writes Rachel Neuwirth in this exceptional article. 

And so we can understand where people are coming from, whom they support, what drives them, and why they do the things they do. Watch what people criticize and what they ignore, whom they are unhappy with, and whom they allow to get away with bad things. We can understand why some people at work are permitted to break laws without censure, while others are sternly rapped over the knuckles for the slightest infraction.

The Buddha said, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” and Churchill wrote, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” The truth, of course, is seldom popular, but courageous people will speak it and not hide it in silence or “political correctness.”.

I learn a lot about a person by listening to what they say and what they don’t talk about. When someone is silent about something that could sway my opinion or decision away from his desired outcome, I know he is hiding it, usually because he has no excuse and is guilty. This has proven correct in most cases in retrospect. Like the man or woman who takes off their wedding ring in a bar or the Realtor who hides a crack in the wall of a house they’re showing.

It’s not what people say, it’s often what they omit to say. What do they overlook? Anyone with a smidgen of intelligence can see which groups of people are running roughshod over decent, law abiding citizens without any mention, why white genocide in South Africa and Christian genocide is the east is never mentioned, why perverted degenerates, devoid of decency, are approved of and jihadist terrorists posing as refugees continue to be welcomed, in spite of overwhelming evident of the disastrous consequences. It reveals why certain groups of people can do things that a member of another group would be imprisoned for.

Wikipedia says of the Sin of Omission: “In Catholic teaching an omission is a failure to do something one can and ought to do. If this happens deliberately and freely, it is considered a sin. The degree of guilt incurred by an omission is measured, like that attaching to sins of commission, by the dignity of the virtue and the magnitude of the precept to which the omission is opposed, as well as the amount of deliberation. A person may be guilty of a sin of omission if he fails to do something which he is able to do and which he ought to do because he has put himself into a state or situation whereby he is unable to complete the action.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~ Martin Luther King

Robin Elliott