Politics & Society

“Don’t start nothing won’t be nothing.”

For every action there’s a reaction. But don’t provoke someone or something without clear conviction.

If you’re going to ruffle some feathers, do it because you really believe in change. And be willing to take full accountability for your actions.

Unfortunately, you’re not always going to win the fight, and certainly not in the beginning. Snowden called out the NSA for spying on the world and is barred from returning to the United States without a sentencing. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make a statement about segregation yet found herself in jail.

Obedience is the end of freedom. In order to grab attention, you have to be willing to stake your claim and fight. You have to say what others are afraid to discuss; otherwise, things will just keep moving along as they are.

The audacity of hope is also the audacity to provoke.

Provocation ignites a healthy debate, one that gets others thinking differently about their own everyday beliefs.

What do you believe in? Playing it safe guarantees you’ll live a life of anonymity. But if you want to be remembered you’ll start something great and get people to rally behind your cause. We’re all just puzzle pieces trying to do the right thing.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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