Are taxes meant to subsidize things we already have, or provide that which does not naturally occur? Should we subsidize renewable energy, or just auction off funds to companies wanting to use government $$$ to build renewable projects? Economics has answers, but are these tow options really any different when it comes to the purpose of our government? I lean towards auctions…at least with auctions we would not overspend or worry about long-term entrenchment in counterproductive subsidies [cough, corn & oil subsidies, cough].
I don’t know how I deal with these people. Not all of them, just those ones who feel the need to tell each other how to live via Facebook. I too feel the need to speak up, the need to call them all out. But to what end? Nothing will change. It is better to just stay out of it (as usual). It is no wonder I don not spend as much time up there as I when I was younger…if I did I would probably go insane!
You know, if I could just focus on one thing at a time, and put all my effort into accomplishing it, I could probably do great things. Instead I always have a million things on my mind at once. Take just now as an example: my usual after-work shower had me in a thinking mood, as showers usually do. I started with a story that just kind of popped into my head, a father-son story inspired by my realization that I definitely want a son (not now of course). Then I moved along to GECO, which quickly put me on the academic/school train of thought. From here I jumped to RECESS, my idea of bringing back the old-school fun. Then I started thinking about my Research Assistant work, as I intended to do it right after I got out of the shower.
With one task already ahead of me and three new thoughts out of almost nowhere I was overwhelmed. Then, being overwhelmed and in a philosophical/thinking mood I decided I needed to blog about being unable to focus on one thing, thus increasing the number of things I am thinking about at once to a grand total of 5 different thoughts come alive in less than 15 minutes! And of course that doesn’t even consider the multitude of other thoughts which are so frequent that I hardly consider them relevant in this moment. I am thinking about thinking, and thinking about thinking about thinking. Oh boy, here we go…
This is a load of horse shit.
As has often been the case this summer, The West Wing has once again been a source of inspiration for deep thoughts and this blog which accompanies them. Sadly, these thoughts mostly occurred at about 2am last night and I was too tired to get up and put them to words. I’m not in one of my writing trances, so forgive me!
Some people are born with all the qualities of a leader. They are intelligent, charismatic, and posses a will stronger than most. Many times they are born into wealth and receive the full gamut of opportunities accessible only to those born into a privileged home. Yet, not every one of these people are leaders. Why? Because all these traits and circumstances are simply tools. The most intelligent person will easily follow a far inferior intellect if he does not apply himself to leadership.
At the Gettysburg College 2010 Emerging Leaders Retreat a heavy topic of discussion was whether leaders are born or made. I do not agree everyone is a leader, as was mentioned several times, nor do I think only those born with innate prowess can ever achieve leadership. I find myself drawn to the middle road (as is often the case). No doubt an astounding IQ and oratory like that of MLK can easily propel anyone to leadership status. Natural both charisma and intellect are helpful, but they are just tools. The real identifier of a leader is a choice.
The choice is one of being willing to sacrifice whatever it may take to lead people in a particular endeavor. The sacrifice may be small. It may be working extra hours, giving extra money, or denying oneself certain pleasures. Or the sacrifice could be immense, and one could give up the comfortable life he would otherwise live in favor of fighting for a cause. Why? Because leadership is not about intelligence, experience, or education. At it’s core, leadership is simply about a mindset. Nothing and no one can determine a person’s ultimate mindset except himself/herself.
“With great sacrifice comes great opportunity.”
– The Camel Club, David Baldacci