by David Wallace and there was some interesting thoughts about the working world.The Pale King
Wallace writes, "The Truth is that the heroism of your childhood entertainments was not true valor. It was theater. The grand gesture, the moment of choice, the mortal danger, the external foe, the climatic battle whose outcome resolves all-all designed to appear heroic, to excite and gratify an audience. An audience'. "Gentlemen, welcome to the world of reality-there is no audience. No one to applaud, to admire. No one to see you. Do you understand? Here is the truth-actual heroism receives no ovation, entertains no one. No one queues up to see it. No one is interested.
"True heroism is you, alone in a designed work space. True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care-with no one there to see or cheer.
I wonder if the romanticism of living abroad makes it difficult for some to adjust to the mundane task of working life for the long haul?