So I thought this was pretty funny in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend.
A wife is listening to the radio and she hears that a car is dangerously going in the wrong direction on the highway.
Immediately, she calls her husband to tell him about the car going in the wrong direction, and to be careful.
He husband replies: One car going in the wrong direction…there are hundreds of cars going in the wrong direction!
How true this little story is about life and what direction we choose for ourselves–in the face of the groupthink and the tidal wave of public opinion that will sweep you away if you aren’t strong of mind and especially of character.
Whenever we choose the road less traveled, others see us as dangerous and going the wrong way.
Yet to us, others may just be following blindly, and we may truly see something that everyone else is missing…could it possibly be that they are really the ones going the wrong way!
But there is always some doubt in our minds…we are fallible, we can wrong, we can be crazy.
Whose truth is it anyway–Mine? Yours? Or could it really be “The (objective) Truth”?
Alternatively, maybe we just lack confidence or courage?
It is very hard to be the nail that stands up (and doesn’t get hammered down) and say that something is wrong and everyone should pay attention and change direction or their ways.
Perhaps, they are all heading off a moral cliff or just heading towards disaster.
In some cases…
We know the agendas of the people who want to steer you wrong.
We hear the propaganda and lies they are feeding you.
We can see down the road or just around the bend where the danger lies in wait.
– Can we stand up to the crowd?
– Can we demonstrate the moral truth?
– Can we get others to see what we see?
It is certainly not easy to be the contrarian in the crowd.
Not only may you not be recognized for what you are doing, but you may even be persecuted for it.
It doesn’t matter…
Because you need to do it anyway just because you know deep inside that it’s the right thing to do. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)