Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 04/08/2019
Is Joe Biden a senseless dolt who inappropriately touches women and invades their space? Is he from some other generation or distant point in the cosmos where he’s failed to adjust his demeanor to the times (he’s three years older than I)? Is Joe Biden the guy who, if not talked out of running, might have received the Democratic nomination and beaten Donald Trump two short years ago?
I don’t know, and while I want everyone to feel respected and valued, I also feel that means cutting people some slack, as we used to say in school. Why was someone’s space invaded years ago without comment but now front page news in retrospect?
Crocodiles eat their own young, but a sufficient number make it to adulthood to perpetuate the species. I wonder how many of us are actually able to make it to maturity, both in our behavior and in our claims? We are acting massively self-destructive.
We need to be strong and offended less often. We need to handle it in the moment or forget about it. My wife often helps run fund-raising golf tournaments. Once, while taking registrations on the first tee, a man came on to her quite strongly. She said she wasn’t interested. He told her he had a huge boat.
“Believe me,” she said, “I can tell you right now it’s not big enough.”
We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon. —Douglas Horton