“Talk is cheap”
Cheap according to who? I think that quote deserves some sort of context. From my standpoint- a transplant in Charlotte, NC- talk seems to come with an expensive price tag.
I have been meandering around the Charlotte business environment for almost two years now, and it seems that talk gets a better rap here than actually doing stuff.
Why, you may think I’m a little off-centered. Usually doing would be the method, the agent of change, if you will. That’s true, but in an old-school, conservative environment like Charlotte, it seems that the powers-that-be have no plans on bringing change. Therefore, talk is the best method.
It seems so.
For example, the Carolina Preservation Society has been struggling for years to get the attention of Charlotteans. “Save the landmark!” some people reply. “The Carolina Theatre has a history since 1927!” others cry still. The result? Nothing. The city closed it down, and it is only open for tours. Sometimes.
But at least people talked.
People want change. Charlotte has been on the rise to be the next great city in the south. But the arts are lagging. Business is growing, but ideas are stale.
Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks brings on people from Story Slam Charlotte, CAST, amongst others. People call in, write emails, and tweet about why Charlotte needs more.
Then the libraries decide they need to close, and all of a sudden there’s an uproar.
Charlotte decided to talk.
Robert Johnson decided to join the talk, saying that Charlotte’s business environment is still close-minded.
Johnson forgot that Charlotte people can talk, but angry old black men can not.
Silly Johnson, leave the talking for the others.
Why is talk so expensive? None of the observations here reveal a cost.
Sorry, I’ve been talking.
As people breathe relief that their voices have been heard, Charlotte is being hit by costs left and right. All talk does is bring awareness.
With the closing of libraries and shortening of hours, the city loses access to intellectual capital.
With the lack of arts (theater, music, etc.) the city loses channels where people can add value to life, make life worth living and enjoying. We lose the ability to be curious. To think and ask questions about why, and what if.
With all the people just talking (or not talking nor doing) we lose historical places like the Carolina Theatre, places that tell transplants like myself what Charlotte was, how far it came, and what it can become. Any big business can build something, but it takes a community to preserve something.
Talk is expensive, because we spend so much time telling people what should be done, instead of investing our time and resources doing what should be done.
We’re done talking.