To all the nerds that feel me: for those accustomed to feeling ‘smart’ and therefore being appropriately promoted as a result of their ‘intelligence,’ the post-college period of watching the privileged and not-so-smart assume positions of power is a hard time indeed. There’s a lot of ‘But it isn’t faaaaair’ in your 20’s, and I feel somehow gypped of a patented ‘it’s been real’ talk from my college education. Nonetheless, life goes on and you deal. Sometimes things really are unfair. Sometimes it makes you want to rip someone’s weave out.
I randomly thought of Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin today while thinking of a way to console a friend who recently loss a job offer to (an obviously) lesser being. HRC did everything right: Wellesley, Yale, Bubba. Yet after all of her work, she found herself in the absurd situation of being beaten in a primary by someone who then went on to face McCain and Palin. Ms. Palin who famously failed to finish a journalism degree despite attending five colleges. Ms. Palin whose political prowess was limited to the meth capital of Alaska. I am not sure what the moral of the story is, but a few years later, HRC gets to push a big red button in a situation room, while Ms. Palin is shopping a network show to a Fox affiliate. It may not to be fair, but given a long enough time, we all settle to our own levels. The important thing is to not lose steam in the meantime.
This is a very tall order, but it’s also one with substantial awards. I hope so, anyway.