If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. –Maya Angelou
I hate that quotation. Absolutely loathe it, right up there with the “hang in there” cheesy kitten from the 1980s.1
I hate every last “inspirational” quote that preaches acceptance.
Every last one of them – usually spotted plastered on a middle manager’s office wall – is a blatant “shut up” to every employee there. It’s the threat of “Be glad you have a job.” It’s the stuff that points out exactly how right Marx was.
And that leads us to a better inspirational quote:
In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down. – Brian Weir
Whoops – forgot to post the contest bit. Next post. My bad.
[Edit: Added in the last two words that really triggered this reaction.]
1 It’s possible that the “attitude change” mentioned is to one of resistance. Because I respect her, I hope that’s how it was meant… but it’s definitely not how it’s being represented.