When I was a reporter, the editor of the investigative paper I wrote for once shared this nugget of wisdom: "Sometimes the people who expect us to be their allies are the ones we piss off the most," he said. "And those are the people we actually need to piss off the most."
That's stayed with me ever since. The idea that you should inoculate yourself against your own tendency to dogmatism is one a lot of folks should try. Especially those in the environmental movement and business. If it's good to "question authority," start with the authority you actually like.
That's not easy. Which is why for so long, only the court jester could get away with telling the king he was a dipstick. So it was Monday night, when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert poked fun at he "green Emmys," with Colbert taking the stage with a leaf blower powered by "Al Gore's tears."
Whoever wrote that line deserves an Emmy. The sketch is timeless. I can't wait to look back at this in a year to see how well it still applies.
A little self-deprecation is a good thing. Poking fun at — and pissing off — those who take for granted your blind allegiance is even better.