Chinese Whispers

Don’t be conservative. If a new order is more appropriate, sensible, reasonable, then embrace it until it is supplanted by a newer order suited to another time. Just because those before you did things a certain way, doesn’t have to mean that you are obliged to behave or think like them. Don’t drink until you’re essentially drunk when you’re sober just because your parents and your parents’ parents did so. Don’t be ashamed to meet people and find love on Tinder; bumping in to someone in the Eiffel Tower’s uppermost viewing platform doesn’t make you any more or less compatible with them.

Just because others do and have done things one way, doesn’t make it the right or the only way. Challenge what you’re told is normal. Push people’s buttons, use dry humour, see what makes people tick, don’t sack your edge for political correctness gone mad. If people take issues too seriously, then they’ll be less inclined to talk about them, and if they don’t talk about them, then they probably won’t solve them. Be dispassionate and see issues objectively without your own interests clouding your judgement of what is rational and fair.

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.” -Bob Dylan

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