If you don’t play the game, you can’t know enough to make the rules.

Oratory is empty if it has not been field-tested on the battlefield of experience.  And I have little use for those who write beautifully and live sordidly; or those who withdraw from the world and issue instructions for how to live in it; or priesthoods that deny the realities of the flesh but wish to control the appetites and activities of those who live as whole human beings.  If you don’t play the game, you can’t know enough to make the rules.  If you are not engaged in the sweaty work of the world, you should not be in charge of the deodorant concession.  And if you cannot find a way to aid progress in human affairs, then know that the smirking cynicism of the sideline critic is a form of plaque – and to be one of those is to be a carrier of death instead of a preserver of life. Strong words? Yes, and deeply felt”

–          Robert Fulghum