I have read so much regarding some who have reached for the brass ring of power feeling they destined for it without having to earn it. Number 43 George Bush is recent tragic example and we all have suffered for it, but I feel he will even more so in the years to come. To consider Sarah Palin exhibits this trait as well, ambition with the “God Willing” sense of inevitability seems to me also a candidate. There are many more out there as we all know and they are not just in politics but everyday life, in community, in our work and more.
I suppose I should tell a story, a story that is for the most part true. This is about someone I worked with for years. The story about “Little Jimmie” is much abbreviated and put forth here in what I would define as a parable.
Once upon a time there was a handsome young man named Jimmie. Jimmie was welcomed into the group of manly men of worth, men of tall stature and wide shoulders. Jimmie being somewhat shorter than these manly men of worth and tall stature was given the name, “Little Jimmie”.
These manly men of worth, tall stature and wide shoulders possessed a self depreciating wit, years of learning coupled with a sense of humility that was not always apparent to one who knew them not.
Little Jimmie, was a handsome bright young man. He felt as he was brighter than most why spend time with the years of learning. Little Jimmie also felt the humility and a self depreciating sense of humor was a weakness of these tall manly men of worth. Little Jimmie’s humor was self appreciative, and often pointed at one who was in his eyes less worthy than he.
Handsome Little Jimmie began weaving his web of tales, tales of his prowess, his manliness, his worth and his knowledge. Little Jimmie told these tales to all that would listen. He wove these tales to bring his stature up to those men of tall stature and worth among those who knew him not. But mostly Little Jimmie weaved his tales for so he could believe.
Young women were soon to be seen with handsome Little Jimmie, they wanted to be seen with the manly man who wove tales of his prowess and greatness. He was the man who had been seen in the presence of other manly men of worth.
At some point Little Jimmie would find himself called to a seat of power as many manly men of worth, learning and humility are called. That Little Jimmie had been called was not a surprise to him as he was worthy, he alone knew this more so than any others. He was handsome, strong, intelligent and deserving.
Seats of power required knowledge and humility, neither for which had Little Jimmie time for. Soon Little Jimmie, the handsome intelligent well deserving manly man of worth, demanded only those to be around him who saw in him divineness that other men of tall stature, wide shoulders and worth lacked.
But alas, Little Jimmie was no longer able to run from the years of learning he had little use for. His humor at the expense of others, lack of humility and contempt for those he felt less worthy were no longer found acceptable for one who is seated in such a position of power. He was found not worthy.
Handsome Young Little Jimmie was now no longer young. He was no longer handsome. The years had been tolerant of him when he was young, but no longer. He became long in jowls and larger in girth. No longer did young women wish to be seen with Little Jimmie. He was no longer viewed as learned, his stature now wide and full and without his touted prowess he now became unmasked as a pretender.
Little Jimmie had alienated those manly, men of worth, tall stature, self depreciating humor and great humility as he sought the seat of power. A lifeline was not to thrown to Little Jimmie.
No longer did he have that seat of power to comfort him. No longer a part of the fraternity of Manly Men of worth who had spent many years of learning, cultivating self depreciating humor, and the sense of humility.
Little Jimmie was now alone.