“Just because you killed Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.”
– Mike Ehrmantraut to Walter White, Episode 3, Season 5 of Breaking Bad.
Just because you’ve attacked my idea doesn’t mean yours is better. Defending the status quo can be necessary, but mostly it’s an excuse to stay trapped in our fear.
Just because you sit in judgment of all the “idiot” drivers and “slothful” welfare recipients and “feckless” politicians, doesn’t actually do anything. Though your fragile ego may get a hit for a few seconds, putting others down isn’t a solution. And it certainly adds nothing to the level of discourse.
Shooting down something else isn’t remotely equivalent to creating something worthy or interesting. So instead of merely pontificating, let’s see your plan.
Being the critic is mostly a place to hide from the hard work of leading us to something new and meaningful. So instead of judging, let’s hear your ideas.
As Van Jones reminds us, Dr. King isn’t famous for saying “I have a complaint.”
It’s time to stop tearing down and to start building.
The universe is listening. And waiting.
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