Quote of the Day:
“…excuse yourself from obsessing on the state of the economy, the meaning of life and the clash between science and religion…” TB’s Leo Free Will Astrology excerpt
The local rag here in Jackson, MS, runs a feature each week they call “Free Will Astrology.” TB doesn’t really go for the usual star readings, but Free Will always has some good nuggets, often timely philosophical thoughts, and an uncanny frequency of pertinence. The above quote from my horoscope this week was all of that, and set me to thinkin’, dammit.
I’ve got an unhealthy need to be a white hat. You know, a white hat, like the old western heroes of the Gene Autry era. Except, I prefer black. It looks better for one thing, but for another, it seems to me like all the white hats these days are charlatans and hypocrites. So if the worst of all bad guys have co-opted what was good, then I’ve no choice but to go opposite them, and all the better that I get to look better at the same time.
You know, it’s hard to go through life unable to yell for the bad guy in rasslin’. It’s hard being the one who can’t appreciate Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” or Heath Ledger’s Joker. Man, I hate the characters they play so much I can’t bring myself to applaud the performances that made me loathe them so. I’d never dress at Halloween as Darth Vader and I miss out on half the video game content on some of my favorite games because I can’t bring myself to play the alternate “bad guy” version. I don’t even like to invade foreign countries without provocation in “Risk” for cryin’ out loud!
It’s this personality defect that in large part led me to the career I pursue and informs my particular worldview. I see unfairness all about me. In business, in sports, in my profession, all too often I see some poseur in a white hat doing evil, and all too often being applauded for it. Sometimes I am able to fight back. Mostly I can only clench my teeth, narrow my eyes and despise it. And wrestle within over my ability and willingness to take up a defensive position for the wronged side. This is the worst part of it.
It’s no way to live, I tell you. Team sports taught me long, long ago that while you must always act for the greater good, you can only control your own performance, and must rely on your teammates to carry their own weight. If they do, we win. If they don’t, I walk off with my head high. My Free Will Astrology horoscope this week was a welcome reminder, I need not wear any hat at all every day, just let my hair blow freely in the breeze.