Sunday, November 06, 2016

Sunday Morning Insight: The Clear and Present Dangers

There is a scene in Tom Clancy's book turned into the movie "Clear and Present Danger" that struck with me when I first watched it. It goes like this. The whole intrigue of the movie starts with this exchange:
James Cutter: Are you suggesting a course of action, sir?
The President: The course of action I'd suggest is a course of action I can't suggest.
James Cutter:I'm... not sure where that leaves us.
The President: These drug cartels represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.
Every once in while you are asked questions about why are doing this or why are you doing that. The only answer expected from you is the small answer, the go-along-with-the-show answer when in fact, all along, you want to talk about the big things and you know that some of them will scare people. But then after a few seconds, you think that it will be counterproductive and the words eventually coming out of your mouth say the small things. You might have averted a long discussion in the short term but saying the big things might trigger a different journey altogether. 

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