Lessons in life can be explained and contain evidence for being valuable tools to guide one’s moral path. As anything else of value, the purposeful observations of principles are realized in human action.
I came across a movie based upon the fictional work of Lee Child. The movie is called “Jack Reacher”, based upon one of his novels “One Shot”. I because intrigued with how visual principles were discovered and explained within a fictional story told in a motion picture. From these observations of life’s leasons ring true with my own educational background, lead me to read Lee Child’s fictional literature.
Lee Child wrote a number of fictional novels centered on his fictional character Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher’s character is a person with a talent to discover faults and arriving at a solutions to a wide ranging problems and having the intellect and having the fortitude and a uncomprimising stature to accomplish righting human wrongs.
In Lee Child’s seventh book, The Enemy, Jack Reacher, a military MP investigator, is investigating a string of murders just after a two-star Army general was found dead after suffering from a massive heart attack. The general so happened to die in the throws of sexual passion and in a run down motel near an Army base.
As the book develops a multi-faceted suspense, Jack is talking with his brother, Joe, by replying to Jack’s question and said, “They think know-nothings are good because they’re not invested in the status quo.” In other words, these know-nothings suposedly are good at what they do because they repell from what works, i.e., if what works well, there is no need of refinement (if it works, don’t fix it), and they actually believe they, and no one else, have the intellect to redesign the “what works.” Lee Child continues writing Jack’s dialogue with his brother ending the paragraph with Joe finishing with, “They think they bring fresh perspectives,” hense the disdain for the status-quo.
This quote had me thinking and have come to a new level of understanding human principles.
Let me indulge here with a break down of what was said in his novel. For those that can interpret this without my take and input, can move on. What I would like to do is help some who also find this a daunting idea.
They think know-nothings are good because they’re not invested in the status quo. They think they bring fresh perspectives.
The “they” represents the top echelons of a corporate organization in the agregate. In this case Lee Child is referencing the private sector doctrine in the actions of the hierarchy of Army managers of what is known as the ‘brown-noser’, e.g., the busi-bodies, the overly ambitious, the behavior of unbridled ambition, those who find the need to boast one’s notions of himself, in which he wrongly sees, hears, understands, and knows better than others he subconsciencely finds intimidating. They feel the need to shove, boss, and belittle those he finds worthless. When in fact in most occasions the reality is this person is really worthless.
The “status quo” is neither a positive nor a negative label. One the one hand, “status quo” can be used to proclaim a negative by the label of, “Nothing gets done because the status quo doesn’t want to acknowledge these new perspectives.” Yet, the “status quo” can be negative and the wrongs they commit in the past do not want to acknowledge the wrongs in the present as being theirs to own. The desessions
They are not “invested” in the “status quo” is communicating that these know-nothings find themselves in ever higher and higher positions because they don’t immerse themselves with the status quo (what works) because they see that the status quo as being “out-of-touch” with the reality they want to dream should happen. They do not find human actions that have been proven efficient and correct as being worthy to embrace and continue with ‘what-works’.
A famous bromide states as follows: Those who find themselves in management levels and have been promoted after commiting bumbling errors. The top echelons of management finds “fresh perspectives” in those who do badly in managing more important ideals and ignoring the bad judgements they make. They seem to traverse suffering the natural consequences because when a wrong decession does come to roost, more like it is because these consequences have the potential of being real slow at dealivering life leassons.