Prisoner of Platitude

Alan’s Fourth Law of Platitudes: For every supporting quotation there is an equal and opposite dissenting quotation.

This applies to philosophy, theology, management, politics, sports—you name it.

“Haste makes waste,” except, “a stitch in time saves nine.” “No man is an island,” but, “it’s good to stand out in a crowd.” “Measure twice, cut once,” but, “get there firstest with the mostest.”

Use evidence, and stop relying on empty quotes that don’t apply to your situation. Even the law of gravity isn’t always operative. Thus, the notion that commitment or consensus is always to be sought is facile and superficial. Sometimes what people need is simply strong, assertive leadership.

Don’t be a prisoner to platitude.

© Alan Weiss 2016


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