“It is not argument, nor criticism, nor hatred, but work in constructive effort that gets hold of men and binds them together in a way to make them rally to the support of a common cause.”
– “My Larger Education,” (1911) Booker T.Washington
Presidential Commentary by Dr. Brian Johnson
When seeking resolution to a difficult, challenging and complex issue involving others, perhaps the most difficult course to take between “argument,” “criticism,” “hatred” and “constructive effort” is that of “constructive effort.” For this last action requires a person to do much more than recognize, identify and express an opinion about a problem. This person must also be willing to marshal together often competing perspectives to fashion a singular course that all voices are willing to pursue-even if such a course comes at the expense of his or her own self-interest.
Brian L. Johnson, Ph.D.
7th President, Tuskegee University