Have you ever been in a situation where you stood up for what you believed in even though everyone else was against it? Or maybe you wished you had stood up for your beliefs?
Which brings us to today’s quote by Captain America, which is long but damn good.
“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world – “No, YOU move.”
This quote is especially relevant for Americans who are dissatisfied with their President and the morons who support him. Assuming Trump or climate change do not end up destroying humanity, future historians will have their work cut out for them when it comes to educating future generations about the 45th President of the United States of America. I won’t be surprised if Trump gets a whole textbook that describes his misdeeds.
While it’s important to stand up for what you feel is right, it’s also equally important to be flexible. Being rigid and close-minded is dangerous not only for you, but for others around you. Which brings us to Bruce Lee’s quote on why it’s important to be like water.
“As you empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
This doesn’t mean you should keep your mouth shut in the face of injustice. All it means is – keep an open mind and be ready to adapt if necessary. And if you do find yourself having to go along with something that doesn’t align with your values, just wait for the right opportunity to “crash like water”, or in other words, wait for the right opportunity to rebel.
Bruce Lee’s quote is applicable even if you never find yourself in a situation that requires you to stand up for what is right. Think about your daily life. Are there times when things would be easier if you were more like water? For me personally, being water is a challenge because it requires you to be patient and patience is something I need to consciously work on.
So basically, it doesn’t matter if the cup is half empty or half full, all that matters is that you are what is inside the cup!