When it comes right down to it, what do we really know about different? How do we know if it can hold up its end, in the long run? What are the stakes if different doesn’t quite gel with the customary, yet necessary status quo? Come to think of it, how much different do we even want; a little or a lot? I’m sure we all know why testing different is necessary; I don’t have to say. But I think it’s a must-do, not only because a choice has been duly made but also because that choice was made without America really knowing all the facts about different. So let’s proceed.
Let’s start by identifying those places where different isn’t a good fit. I think it safe to say that we don’t want different in any of the mass transit motor operations. I mean, you don’t want bus drivers barreling down the avenue blindfolded using the force, right? And you don’t want different anywhere near an airplane cockpit or a train engineer. How great would it be if your mail carrier starting doing his route differently? Next thing you know your Social Security check winds up in the mailbox of the dicey house a few doors down. No, we agree there’re some places that different shouldn’t be allowed to travel.
Likewise, there are others where different can be a blessing, an innovation depending on how well its human host wields it. Medicine comes to mind. They’re making gains in medical research that are directly resulting in saving lives; all because someone tried something different. People can get rich by being different; sometimes legally, other times, not so much. But for all the good it could do, different is finicky. Sometimey. And in the hands of an amateur, different can be disastrous.
Parenting is one of those places where it can go either way. Either you’re a different kind of parent because you can successfully relate to your kids on their level while maintaining a modicum of parental dignity, or yours is a natural selection approach to child-rearing, that pits your brood against the neighborhood, creating sociopathic predators that we might be reading about some day.
The presidency is a lot like parenting. Either the POTUS will relate to his family-country, effectively enabling all members to lead fuller and richer lives or his different will ruin the family nation by destroying institutions and setting men against each other.
We elected different without vetting it fully; without determining how well it would, or even could, work for us. We had no idea about even our own tolerance for it and now, after almost a year, we’re seeing the patience that got different elected, is wearing woefully thin. And that’s the danger of the two-sided, dual-natured different that escaped those who voted for it. You never know when the jabberwocky is going to show up.
YouTube Video; Jabberwocky – Lesson in Manufacturing Efficiency by Kendragon Ducati.