... the higher you go, according to the illustrious Gordon Ramsay on the latest episode of The Hot Ones, in response to a question asking about his most formative experiences as a "battle-hardened" chef.
This is a reactionary piece of advice to the recent wave of political correctness that has thrown most of America into philosophical and/or pugnacious debate.
Maybe some of us feel that certain forms of political correctness have transmogrified into censorship as we learn how to express our identities through the respective physical and virtual channels we have access to today.
Maybe that's why more people are attempting to break silence, regardless of what others think, and grasp, again, moments, memories, thoughts, and opinions--pieces of skin--that make up who they are.
Ramsay's resounding advice might result in those who unintentionally engage in social media grandstanding. But that's just noise. Individual words have become increasingly less consequential in consideration of the sheer volume of content that is being produced on the internet everyday.
Getting thicker skin means increasingly little in a world where we are constantly inundated by words, but I imagine that taking that thick skin from practice to the physical world is a process worthy of pursuing in itself.