Social Activist and Comedian, Dick Gregory, commenting on how he deals with racist mentalities, said the following:
“There’s a lot of water in that ocean but it can’t sink your ship until it get inside, Don’t let it get inside.”
In an interview for Laissez Faire Today, I made the following statement:
“Optimism is not the denial of truth, it’s the recognition that truth isn’t something we need to run from or be afraid of. When you take yourself seriously as a creative force, you can face the truth with confidence and composure.”
Like Gregory, I do not deny the existence of various oceans of oppression.
But lest we mistake the sensation of feeling appalled by injustice for the determination to engage in the kind of creative action that will result in the practical implementation of our ideas of freedom, a reminder is in order:
If we allow the waters of the ocean to weigh us down too heavily, we will sink and be of no use to anyone.
But if we can keep our focus on the destination and paddle with the fury of hell, all the while maintaining an honest awareness of the dangerous waters that surround us, the ocean will not only fail to sink us, but it will be the very force that moves us forward.