Monday, March 1, 2010

Great men

There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.

-Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr.
I had an hour-long corporate indoctrination rah-rah meeting today at work. In it, we employees were treated to long, boring, pre-recorded presentations by a few of our owners on the subject of how much money we've made them over the past year, accompanied by shitty music (there was actually a mash-up of "Use Somebody" by The Kings of Leon and "It's the Same Old Song" by Four Tops, and of course liberal use of "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas). These presentations were naturally accompanied by many insipid quotes like the one above.

I single that quote out for this reason: of the thirty plus people attending this meeting only four, myself included, were men. All of the recorded presentations were by men. Everyone else involved was a woman.

There are no great men.

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