It takes guts to fight, fail and change

Guts

Change is impossible, if we’re not prepared to leave our comfort zone, to take risks and to fail on occasion.

But be patient and careful, as the light at the end of the tunnel might just be a locomotive headlight.

What is our propensity to experiment today as opposed to when we were children?

Isn’t our comfort zone usually someone else’s profit zone?

What would we do, if we knew that we couldn’t fail?

Wouldn’t that be boring after a while?

Or would it be dangerous?

“To achieve the possible, the impossible
must be attempted again and again.”
(Hermann Hesse, poet and novelist)

Can you imagine Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin insisting on a round trip ticket to the moon and back in 1969?

I can’t.

“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.”
(Vince Lombardi, football coach)

“Where the willingness is great,
the difficulties are not.”
(Niccolò Machiavelli, historian and philosopher)

We must stop being so gullible and have the courage to stand up and fight for our rights, combining protest with boycott. And both protest and boycott must be sustainable, not a one-day wonder.

“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.”
(Euripides, tragedian)

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
(Coco Chanel, fashion designer)

“In any organization, it is far, far safer to be wrong
with the majority than to be right alone.”
(John Kenneth Galbraith, economist)

“I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have
been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity
which has suffered so much and is entitled
to happiness. My fierce protests are simply
the cry of my very soul.”
(Émile Zola, playwright and journalist)

We must get rid of our societal straightjackets, because blind obedience ultimately leads to exploitation and authoritarianism. And in the Age of Transnationalism, authoritarianism is not just a political phenomenon.

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone,
who have the courage to defend it.”
(Pericles, statesman and general)

Collective action is imperative for success, as without it governments or corporations won’t listen.

Think of rights as muscles. We have to use them, otherwise they’ll become weaker and ultimately disappear.

At the same time, we must be persistent. The establishment is not eagerly waiting for us to change their system.

“Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.”
(Cato, senator and historian)

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