We do not remember the greatest people in the world simply because of what they said, or what they stood for. We remember them for having the courage to stand for it.
For having the courage to have a view that was different. And having the courage to say it out loud. Having the courage to be branded by it.
If MLK Jr. had written about his dream in his personal journal, he would have touched nobody’s life.
If Muhammad Ali was more concerned with sounding smart than true, his poetry would remain unheard.
If Nike was worried about offending sensibilities, it would not become the landmark that it is today. Neither would the legendary Superbowl ad from Apple become what it is today, if they thought they might hurt a certain group of people.
So, do us all a favour please, if you have something good to say – then say it like you mean it. We might love you for it. You might change our world for the better. And you might be remembered for it.
But if you’re not going to go all guns blazing with what you believe. Or if you fear what you will be remembered for. Or fear that you shall be typecast. Or narrowed down. Or you would rather be loved just a little bit by everyone, rather than loved to bits by a few – then please, don’t say it at all.
Just go home.