“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” ~ Goethe
At St. Louis Strong we approach unification as cynical idealists. What does that mean though? We set lofty goals and expect that unforeseen complications will stunt the height and prolong the time it takes to climb to where we desire. Others might just call this acting realistically.
However, if the goal is to surpass present limitations, groups cannot set goals within those limitations. If a group aims at what is most realistic, unexpected barriers will actually drag realistic goals down into the gutter.
This strategy is similar to flying a plane into crosswinds or directing a boat through forceful currents. In order to stay on course, the pilots must aim above their intended destination. If the St. Louis region is to become greater, to become stronger, it must aim higher than what it believes is possible.
If you don't want to take our word for it, perhaps Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, will prove more persuasive: