While I sit here enjoying a brief moment of solitude, gently nursing a bottle of Black Butte Porter as I prepare for bed, I can't help but ponder a few things.
Understanding is the key to success - in business, in government, in international relations, and in life. I'm aware that reads like a bunch of heebijeebie self help crap... but think about it.
I'm a radio guy in recovery - still figuring out what comes next in my life, after years of working in radio... but for now, radio is still in my blood. I've worked in more markets than I like to count. I know that, with each new job, I walk into a new market [the city & burbs, etc] and I have to figure this new city out. Seattle is not Miami is not Albany is not Ames Iawa. I mock those who treat them as if they're the same with the same ideas and the same programming. Like most radio people, I watch them fail, and I dare say that I enjoy it. This is my town. If you walk in here and bring Detroit radio with you, I'll be more than happy to watch the market give you a thumping you'll not soon forget.
All who work in radio know this. And yet, at the end of the day, most leave their radio stations & forget that these lessons learned apply to real life.
We treat the middle east as if it's Europe, and then we wonder why they hate us - or worse, FEAR US. The answer isn't to give in to terrorism by any means. The answer is to fight terrorism while building bridges with foreign nations. The answer is understanding their values and respecting them.
And while thinking about all of this, I read the following at CNN.com: "A 100-foot diameter asteroid will pass within 26,500 miles of Earth on Thursday evening, the closest-ever brush on record by a space rock, NASA astronomers said."
Maybe none of this matters anyway. Eventually we're going to get hit by something big - probably a lot bigger than 100 feet across. But that day isn't today, and today my porter tastes great.