Even the president can be replaced
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
Is anyone indispensable?
The speeches we hear near election time remind me of a poem that I’ve saved for years. It didn’t have a title or author but “Indispensable Man” seems to be an appropriate title.
Luckily for our country, I think, we’ll be talking about indispensable women one of these days in connection with the presidency and many other outstanding leadership positions.
For some reason, that has come about slowly like a good number of very important issues in our nation’s history. Women are coming on and coming into their own. Now, women earn the largest number of advanced college and university degrees.
Why did it take so long? Why did eliminating slavery, allowing women to vote, child labor laws and other such important matters take so long? Evidently, we are slow learners but eventually we do get the point.
The point I want to make before sharing the poem is that no individual is indispensable.
Maybe Steve Jobs was an exception to that statement, if we can believe his advocates.
When the person we plan to vote for in coming elections is defeated, our nation continues on. We have so many heroes in the past, because they happened, in addition to their ability, to be in the right place at the right time under the right circumstances. That will continue to happen. So if your political party is not successful, have heart and reread this poem.
It’s good to remember that in our country “Leader of the Free World” can get canned every four years.
Sometime when you’re feeling important,
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom,
Sometime, when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime, when you feel that you’re going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction,
And see how it humbles your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to your wrist;
The moral in this quaint example,
Pull it out; and that hole remaining,
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You may splash all you please when you enter.
You can stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find in a minute,
That it looks quite the same as before.
The moral in this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself, but remember,
There’s no indispensable man (or woman).
That point applies the other way too. Many young and well-qualified people are without jobs right now. They have to wonder what happened after the success of previous generations. They are qualified to do those jobs and to do them well. Their day will come. Discouraging political situations have existed before. Don’t abandon ship.
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at email@example.com.