A few quick notes for my friends who couldn’t make Malcolm Gladwell’s talk at Belmont
this morning (ages ago–didn’t intend to publish these notes; oh, well). It’s Friday night, and I’m lagging. Thus, highnotes.
Malcolm Gladwell is no slouch. Hint: I’m not talking about his outfit.
#1: he explicitly told the audience, “what I’m about to discuss isn’t in the book. I want you to read* the book.”
#2: “I’m in the South…where you’re allowed to tell long stories.” Also, part of his lead-in, and really, with that sort of sweet-talking, he could be a southerner.
#3: I won’t go through, verbatim, his talk, as a) I kinda dig this world where authors/thinkers/wonderers have rock star-size audiences. b) also, not my story to tell.
#4: 3 Principle Theory as to WHY PEOPLE, SOMETIMES, STAND-UP AND FIGHT AUTHORITY:
1. Respect: at least to the extent that when one when feels wronged, there is an outlet–a someone–that will listen
2. Fairness: rules, guidelines, regulations general apply to our neighbors as well as ourselves
3. Trust: a system, power, institution, or authority offers general consistence
#5: Aw, look how neatly those 3 make a list. This is putting some positive mojo out in the world, or at least, a fairly good case to consider it.
#6: wrapping several stories together:
Alma Vanderbilt (also Alva Belmont) and that of her daughter Consuelo Vanderbilt. How two of the wealthiest, not to mention prestigious women in the western world at the turn of the century came to be drivers of suffrage in the 20th century.
Story of the Northern Ireland Rebellion at Lower Falls
Last, but not least– blessings on the house of the human being who creates an efficient and kind name badge, registration, and SWAG distro process. Which is a grouchy was of saying, “I was late and have a hyphenated last name.”
(He never recited the lyrics, “I fought the law and the law won.”)
*notice he didn’t say “buy,” which might have been gauche.