It is wise to talk, to philosophise with friends and antagonists, to chart your way through the maze of thinking that is human history. The ideas that work, that don’t work, that work in a particular culture, ideas that may change the world, others that leave it the same but feeling different; all this talking is vital.
But when the coffee is put away and the alcohol stops flowing should there then be a time to act on all the talking? In a society where people are scared of being laughed at, of being seen as doing something wrong they did not think was wrong, where people do not own the standards they demand, can one just simply talk?
And if one is to act, how, with whom and when?