Rat Race

A rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardize your chances of promotion and self-advancement. This is how it starts and, before you know where you are, you're a fully paid-up member of the rat pack. The price is too high. Jimmy Reid, British Trade Union Official, Rectorial address Glasgow University, April 1972, quoted in "Writing on the Wall," pt. 1 (ed. Tony Benn, 1984)