cannot be neutral
on a moving train but you can
ride in the caboose
Activist and teacher Howard Zinn said (and titled his autobiography) You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Mr. Zinn said, “History is like a moving train. You can’t ride the train and then say you have no idea how you arrived at your destination. You’re either on board or not — you can’t be neutral.”
Mr. Zinn as I said was an activist.
He was active.
He was involved.
Civil Rights, Vietnam, Labor.
All those left wing socialistic ideals.
The type of guy who would say something like, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body.”
That wasn’t Mr. Zinn.
That is the Apostle Paul in the book of 1st Corinthians.
Mr. Zinn asked questions.
And he pushed his students to ask questions.
Questions that fit in today quite well.
Questions like …
Is change possible?
Where will it come from?
Can we actually make a difference?
How do you remain hopeful?
Mr. Zinn was also charatbile about the answers.
Mr. Zinn often found himself in the front lines of activisim.
But he did not expect everyone to be there with him.
There were other ways to be an activist.
Mr. Zinn wrote, “You read a book, you meet a person, you have a single experience, and your life is changed in some way. No act, therefore, however small, should be dismissed or ignored.”
You can read a book.
You meet a person.
You have some single experience.
No act, therefore, however small, should be dismissed or ignored.
You cannot be neutral on a moving train.
You can’t ride the train and then say you have no idea how you arrived at your destination.
You CAN choose where you ride on the train.
You CAN choose to ride in the caboose.
It is a place to start.
If you ride in the caboose, everyone else comes first.
*Truth be told, I stole the caboose line from Tony Hsieh.