Exception Noted

As you’ll see, Tom takes exception to the practice of indifference. We decided to pull his comment to Darci’s earlier post titled “Passion or Indifference … You Choose” and put it on the front page. The following is Tom’s comment:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.”—George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman: The Revolutionists’ Handbook

I never did buy Bob Sutton’s “be realistic” act. Now I see exactly why.

Of course “Life’s a bitch and then you die.” But last week I reported on two experiences that make a mockery of Sutton’s “Great God of Endured Indifference” routine. AGAINST ALLLLL ODDDDs, and after 72 years (1848-1920) of brutal & demeaning struggle, women won the right to vote. And at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health I bathed in the stories of alum who … AGAINST ALL ODDS … AND MOCKING “REASONABLE” EXPECTATIONS … AND BELITTLED BY PYGMYS … had saved millions of theretofore un-cared-about lives. Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize for his microlending miracles—powered by women in a strict Muslim (Bangladesh) society.

Get the hell out of an “impossible” situation? Sometimes it’s the only answer. (Been there, done that—McKinsey, circa 1981.) “Practice indifference”? Bullshit. Bullshit. And … BULLSHIT. Speaking as an about-to-be-65-year-old: LIFE IS TOO BLOODY SHORT TO SPEND ONE DAMN MOMENT OF INDIFFERENCE!!!! (And you’d better believe I’ve worked for my full share of certified nincompoops.)

Cathy Mosca posted this on April 9, 2007, in Leadership.
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