The other day President Trump talked about how “my military” was successful in carrying out a bombing run.
Regardless of how one feels about the merits of taking military action, or which side of the aisle you happen to sit on politically, it’s hard to imagine a leader who deserves less credit for the strength and skills of the US armed forces. It’s also shocking in its failure to recognize who foots the bill. Criticism was deservedly fast and furious.
Contrast that with superstar golfer Jordan Spieth (who, by the way, is nearly 50 years younger than Trump). It’s rare for Spieth to not say “we” when talking about his play. In fact, the times when he tends to use “I” or “me” are when he hasn’t played particularly well. In a sport which is highly individualistic, he is quick to credit his team; to value the we over me.
Of course, we drive every day on roads we didn’t pave.
We sit in offices we didn’t build.
We use an internet we didn’t design and don’t maintain.
Almost of all us eat food we neither planted, nor tended, nor picked, nor hauled to the store.
It’s easy to be selfish, to value the me over we.
And often harder to give credit where credit is due.
Harder still, it seems, to be grateful for all all we have whether we deserve it or worked for it or had it fall into our laps by luck or some measure of grace.