That’s how the popular saying goes isn’t it? We’ve been taught all our lives to:
Never give up.
Never throw in the towel.
Never be a quitter.
Never settle for anything less than your best.
We’ve been taught to grind and grind and grind and grind to “fulfill” our debt to society. We’ve been taught that it’s okay to work for someone else, to suck up to teachers and preachers and managers, because that’s how the world works. We’ve been taught that the cookie has to crumble. We’ve been taught to be seen and not heard. We’ve been taught to exist not live. To have blind faith and belief. We’ve been taught to be die-hard band wagonists. We’ve been taught…
But here’s a new approach to that lesson you’ve learned:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit.
There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. – W.C. Fields
It’s time we rise up and realize that those same persons who are telling us what our places in society are, wear the face of our bosses and politicians. They’d love us to listen to them forever so that they can prevent us being any better than they have become. They depend on our laziness and fear and obedience to fatten their pockets. They rely on us always seeing ourselves at the bottom of the food chain so that we never climb up or jump the hurdles to success.
It’s high time we rise up as the words of Jamaican Hero Marcus Garvey admonish:
“Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.”
For no one will fight for you. Everyone’s struggle is different, for though collective, it’s personal and intimate, but it needs to fought:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
If at first you don’t succeed…TRY DOING IT YOUR WAY!
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