Message to Garcia

The essay that had a profound impact on me

“Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule.” Amidst this doom comes Rowan with a “stiffening vertebrae,” which caused him “to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing—‘Carry a message to Garcia.'”

Civilization is one long, anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town, and village—in every office, shop, store, and factory. The world cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly—the man who can carry a message to García.

I have worked in small companies, I have worked in government, I have worked in large corporates, and even served in Churches. Everywhere such men and women are celebrated and sought after. Such fine folks negotiate deals on their terms, receive pay-hikes when layoffs are norms, and earn bonuses when pay-cuts are rolled out.

Be a Rowan. There is less competition for Rowans.

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