Yesterday I was talking to a friend about a project where it all is going wrong. Look, guys, when you’re brought in to finish a project that has had at least two other teams on it, and which isn’t in any way started, you really shouldn’t be surprised when it is a cluster… bunny.
But my friend was. Being an hyper-competent and hyper-responsible person, he was blaming himself. I had to point out that sometimes I think half of the work done in the world is done between incompetence and accidental f*ck up, and we should be grateful when ANYTHING gets done, no matter how picayune.
Part of this is that humans seem to come mostly in two flavors, neither of which is “reasonable.” You have the ones who blame themselves for everything and the ones who admit responsibility for nothing. Neither is perfect to work with, as the ones who self-blame heap more and more responsibility onto themselves, and in the end either crack, become unable to focus, or end up carrying the work that other people won’t do, and thereby getting other people used to doing less and less work.
Then there is sheer chance. It’s not that I decided to take a break from work the last four years, really, it’s that first I was very ill and then I was moving. I imagine I’ve been no end of fun to work with for this time, as things seem to drop off my head as though it had sieve-like holes.
Yeah, sure, sometimes chance works the other way, and everything aligns perfectly. Then we call it luck, and it’s much rarer.
One of those instances of luck seems to have been “the miracle at Philladelphia” and we’ve been dealing with chance ever since, and has Murphy been having fun.
All this is relevant, as most people who hang here, if I read them right, are the type to self blame. So I’m going to say it once and for all “this horrible election season is not your fault.”
Sure there are things you could have/should have/might have done, including (as I remind myself) being a lot ruder to liberals in the eighties, and not letting them control public spaces. However, remember back down the “shut down” techniques were still very effective, their controlling most of the media, and at least in some fields, it would have ended your ability to support yourself.
But most of what you could’a, should’a, might’a done is marginal and around the edges and probably wouldn’t have changed anything but your personal life. The leftist dominance we’re fighting started long before we — any of us — were born. Even in the US it started at least 100 years ago.
Seen another way, it is a new battle in an eternal war, that war for individual will and dignity against the forces of the “lords” (aristos, government, etc) who would make us all widgets and control us, the better to impose their vision (or simply to enjoy power over us.)
Old wars are not won quickly, or really ever truly won. Yeah, this battle, this year is going very badly, but there are signs of hope. Keep fighting and we’ll enjoy dominance, for a while. But never relax, because liberty is antithetical to the social ape, and in the end half the people at least will try to crawl back under the boot of the oppressor.
But you can always fight. And no one can make you give up.
Don’t give up.
- Under the clurterf*ck, mostly caused by chance, you know that Through Fire was one of those, with its release delayed twice, and then e-stealth released before being released in paper. I’m sure this will do wonders for those numbers in computers, in bookstores.
Remember if you’d pre-ordered before the delays, it won’t be shipped to you and you have to re-buy. This is the end of the extremely awkward promo. Buy if you can, and re-order if you pre-ordered early.