Friday, January 16, 2009
From the text of the final speech of the Captain of the Titanic:
'...You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions...'
To which IOZ responds:
'...It really is an extraordinary notion, isn't it? That the act of deciding exists independently of the decision itself, that the outcome is an invalid rubric for judging the appropriateness and rightness of the initiatory act...'
Yes it is. It's also extraordinary how much of a fetish our nation has for some vaguely defined notions of masculinity, such as 'decision making.' For some reason we now view careful deliberation as some sort of feminizing activity. Probably some sort of post 9/11 martial viewpoint.