I really love this article: “I’ve often thought of my experience of adulthood thus far as one of incrementally discovering that there’s no institution, or walk of life, in which everybody isn’t just winging it.”
I distinctly remember when I first thoroughly understood this. I went to see a really great play and was very impressed with the set, costuming and overall ambience. But during intermission I was surprised to find that a high school friend from the other side of the nation was working the lights. He gave us a backstage tour and it was a rickety mess. The facade dropped instantly and I saw that it was just people working hard to make a good impression. Just like all theaters. Just like all corporations. Just like all people.
Originally shared by Marvin Chow (theREALmarvin)
“What is the most embarrassing thing that you should be able to do, but can’t?”
Did the Guardian just describe the NYT as “august and smoothly competent?” Time to start questioning the judgement of the Guardian.
@TheGuardian, do not generalize “everyone” from the examples of the NYT, the white house, and a reddit users, three populations of people who might be not only winging it, by which I mean, “replacing foresight, credible risk assessment and expertise with energy and motion, full of sound and fury for appearance’s sake” but are also just generally incompetent.
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