'Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.' - Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer." - Muhammad Ali
I wanted to start of this post with these quotes, though i am not a real Muhammad Ali fan, the quote is what i find intriguing. And for this post the quote of Wittgenstein isn't used specificly in his philosophical analysis. Though the my idea and question to you are based on my first interpetations of these.
Last year i have had a lot of stuggles with myself. For one in larger groups i am a very silent person. And mostly when i speak i do not use many words. The words i use are mostly well thought through. And opinions i create are mostly based off an analytic point of view.
Though some people or teachers, like to give you an unexpected turn to speak. And to give your opinion in front of the group. And offcourse this is a part of growing up and you gotta be able to let your thoughts out in a group. But sometimes i just can't think of the right answer, and that results in a silence. Or well atleast in me not giving an answer to a question. Which frustrates the rest of the class or the teacher.
It's not that i am scared of trying.. or giving a wrong answer. In some questions there aren't even right or wrong answers. But sometimes i just find myself without a possible answer and the other time i am spot on then the answer is almost, or atleast feels almost as the ultimate answer anyone could give.
And offcourse i've learned to form opinions quicker and sometimes that i need to do a little more work than others to form it. Or to why that particular part intrigues me.
Actually i'm just interested if anyone recognizes this.. and i'm interested how they actually delt with it? Atleast i find it quite intereseting.. when is the time to speak or to be silent?
I like to talk, but I would rather stay silent until I have something significant to add to a conversation. Everybody's thought process and personality are different.
I've always tried to follow a quote I read somewhere (sorry I don't remembr who said it):
"A wise man speaks because he feels has has something to say.
A fool speaks because he feels he has to say something."
"Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open."
Silence is often a good thing. On the other hand, there is hardly any conversation in which common sense can't make a good conversationist. If you feel you do not have enough information, you should ask specifically if someone can update you. This shows your interest in the subject, and a willingness to change your ignorance. Ignorance is nothing to be ashamed of, unwillingness to change it is.
As for answers in class, I think I can safely assume you're not talking about facts, but opinions and points of view. In that it's always easy to give your answer with two different points of view. This does not require you to make a statement, but allows you to mostly sum up what has already been said. This shows that you were paying attention, know what you're talking about, but haven't made a choice per se. To shift this to something looking like an answer, just emphasize one view a bit more, by using slightly stronger words.
Your still not making a statement, even though it looks you are.