About saving the world

Nobody gets credit for the crises they averted.

If you saved your company because you decided to start doing the books clean, you’re not going to be the hero. You’re going to be the unrecognized, silent person chugging along and doing the right thing.

It’s different than if your company sees disaster, almost ends up in bankruptcy, and you save it at the last minute. Now there’s a hero.

It’s like the Army. You get a medal for getting injured, but you don’t get one for moving your whole platoon out of enemy fire. The disaster that you prevented doesn’t generally get recognized by the history books. So it’ll be the same with Obama.

We won’t see hellfire, we won’t see our oceans boil and our people starve, so no matter how awesome his climate change plan is, it just isn’t going to be as great as saving humanity in that Armageddon type way.

That’s why Jerry Bruckheimer makes his movie heroes save everything, but only at the last possible moment. That’s when it’s exciting to save stuff. Otherwise it’s just “well, I made the right decision early on,” and that’s it. Right?

It’s the silent resentment of those who do right by their people. Only those who save people in an exciting way ever get credit. The rest? Get back to work.





3 responses to “About saving the world”

  1. Rob McDougall Avatar

    I’m afraid Obama might be a little more Bruckheimian than you think… if Clinton had had a climate change plan, that would’ve been averting potential disaster…

    This is very close to the wire.

    We’re through the looking glass here, people…! 😛

  2. chris yale Avatar

    Well said man. Right on…

  3. Moses Moore Avatar
    Moses Moore

    I know this well; it’s pervasive in my chosen career. “Why are you wasting your time on that? Don’t fix what it’s broken.” “Well, it’s going to break in about two months’s time.”

    On a related note, I’d like to give parents some credit when their children grow up to be cool people. I make a point of thanking each of my girlfriends’s parents when I meet them for the first time.

    I will remember Bill Clinton as the man who got the US national budget into a surplus. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/07/28/deficit_3.gif

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