Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Relevance Trumps Longevity

Asked, what is your problem Swift? Forgetaboutit they say, no one is listening.To paraphrase Satya Nadella of Microsoft: "Life is not about longevity, it's about relevance"! Me, I've got to feel I have made a difference in my life cycle, my term, my tenure, my whatever; made a meaningful contribution, a mark, strived for relevance in my convictions, visions and passions, don't you? If not, what is it all about? You came, you went, left no meaningful imprint of your arrival, your presence, your departure! What of your progeny, if any, has your relevance or not, served as an example for their good or detraction? 
And what of that progeny, or anyone for that matter that speaks of you, what do you think they would say, what will their  remembrance be. Sure the parental, familial normal or abnormal memories we all share: the mother, father, son, daughter, grandson granddaughter, uncle, aunt, cousin, etc, etc. interactions, encounters triggered memories, but what of the measure, the substance of the man or woman? Was he or she really relevant in their lifetime beyond being a revered or reviled relative, friend, or acquaintance? Did he or she warrant respect for his or her pursuit of relevance in their convictions, visions and passions, whether shared by you or not, was he or she accomplished, indelible etched in your mind for their relevance, not just their participation as, or in whatever? 
Which begs the question, are we making  the most of our time here, there or anywhere? I ask that question of myself often. In my business career I wanted to be part of a vital, growing enterprise, that it's associates would revel and prosper in its successes; as a member of my community I wanted to help guide its young people's scholarship and career paths; as a citizen I wanted to support, promote and preserve the greatest white paper I felt ever written on the founding of a democracy, The Constitution of the United States of America. I've taken a shot at trying to be relevant to those convictions, those visions and passions with some success (I'd like to believe anyway). But, that of meaningful promotion and preservation of our constitution, our representative republic's cornerstone, I feel I have been but tilting at windmills; fallen way short of the mark in any of my efforts. Not that I suspected my powers of persuasion were all that great, but that history was so convincingly on my side, that the moral dimension of the relationship between the governed and their governors here in these united states, tested by decades of surmounted challenges, that it would stand forever! Yet, that does not appear to be the case does it? No amount of persuasion by others, far more intelligent, committed, and positioned than myself to stay the course of this United States of ours can seemingly stem the tide of its insurrection-, and confoundedly aided and abetted by its very own self serving citizens and unprincipled leaders! Being brought down from within, from behind! 
This current administration of ours, it's proposed successors are poised to destroy all remnants of our once great society, its culture, its leadership! In the name of what, Socialism? Our President, no less, he who has stated unequivocally to fundamentally change our country in his tenure,has the audacity to say we should be more aligned with other industrial nations in our governing, when that very difference is what made us so prosperous, so benevolent; the demonstrated and envied pinnacle of a free society unencumbered by political machinations designed to meter life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for its citizenry. 
I say again, I will continue to voice opposition if but a whisper in the scheme of things, ponder my lack of relevance, and soldier on with but a glimmer of  hope 2014, in turn 2016 will bode well for our floundering ship of state.

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