Admittedly the title of the Post seems strange. I was watching the premier episode of
Julia Louis -Dreyfus hit television show, Veep, Sunday night. One of her opening lines occurred as she was being interviewed by her former Presidential Aide, during the time that she was president of the United States on the last season of the show, Dan Eagan.
As Eagan asked her what she had been doing over the year since she had lost the presidency…she replied that she had gotten reacquainted with a wonderful person…Selina Meyer. The comedic beauty of the statement was its’ real life sincerity.
As a young person I sought adults to emulate, and at time ‘Ape’ peoples’
Behavior while in search of an identity that I was comfortable with.
However, this practice of seeking the accepted societal behavior and endeavoring the emulation of it is very common in both work and social settings.
Have you ever noticed that people act differently when they are at work or church than they do when they are home or at a party?
I have known wonderful individuals…who were ten times more interesting…when they chose to remove the mask of ‘Society’s Theatre’…and reveal their true identity.
I have witnessed several married people who seldom exhibit their true self for fear of offending or loosing favor with their mate.
For years I was a member of an Academic Institution…that touted the supreme beauty of Academic Freedom…while at the same time threatening me for speaking out when a popular Chancellor was terminated.
I love the institution…and my speaking out during a time of significant duress for me and my family is one of the proudest moments of my professional life.
A poem by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller speaks to the need to, as we say in the Presbyterian Church, ‘Have Voice.’
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.”
I very much admire individuals who proudly display their individuality and uniqueness.
The next time you have an idea that you feel strongly about…say it without fear…be yourself…fly your flag!