No. Hard is stupid. Never be an apologist of stupid.
Two incidents recently chime with this. Both featuring the same supermarket delivery service.
The Ocado truck pulls up outside the farmhouse next door some 50 metres away from our door. I open the door and after some waving the guy catches my eye and waves back. I change my wave to a ‘over here’ type motion.
Instead of driving the truck over, Laughing Boy#1 carries over each tub one by one laden to the brim some with bottled water and tins etc to the door. I am bewildered why this man would inflict such labour upon himself.
Then we had the snow and given the location any sane person at the same company would have cancelled the delivery. But instead of a call asking us if we’d seen the news in the last 24hours it was Laughing Boy#2 saying that he was 100% stuck in a snow drift half a mile away but was loading a trolley which he would push on foot through the madness. Another sadomasochist. He was told to stay put and we’d collect from him while he waited for greater assistance.
These are two straightforward examples of ‘self inflicted hard’. These two chumps were well meaning, but what were they prevailing against? That’s right. Their own stupidity.
My dog doesn’t understand physics and if you throw one of his toys over the back of the sofa – to him it’s vanished. He doesn’t know to go round. His brain is wired differently to humans. A third of it processes scent. So a dog gets a pass.
Why would a man act like a mule and make life hard for himself?
It’s no coincidence that certain religious sects punish themselves to be closer to god, because piety has an uncomfortable way of mimicking stupidity.
Spurs are doing things the hard way under ENIC not because they are run by dummies who used to deliver groceries or a dog, but because they absolutely refuse to put football first.
The piety of the fans that have bought into this is suffocating. To try and justify the reverence we are peddled myths. Much like religion.
The Myth of the Academy. Nobody can make a cogent case in support of this myth. The closest anyone has ever got, is to ask if other club’s development squads ever produce anything of worth. Who cares? I don’t have to deal with the conveyor belt of morons that support other clubs who are so mentally fragile that they actually believe the drip drip drip of misplaced enthusiasm from creeps like WendyCOYS. Don’t mistake this for opinion; wall to wall failure in Under Whatever it is leagues and the overwhelming majority that ‘make it’ through to the so called big time are either too deranged to play for anyone or only able to slot in as adequate journeymen in lower league sides.
The Penury Myth (Incorporating the Doing A Leeds Myth) You will forgive me for keeping this brief but we’ve covered this over and over. Not going bankrupt isn’t a reason to be smug.
If a lifeguard at the local swimming baths went home every night and told his wife ‘nobody drowned today’, you’d have to wonder if he understood the basics of his job description. If a lifeguard at the local swimming baths went home every night and told his wife ‘I didn’t drown today’, you’d have to wonder if he was really the right man for the job. Indeed, any job.
Lifeguard Daniel Levy gets paid more than any other chairman in the country, despite having turned over billions but only won one solitary cup. Worse yet, he gets a resounding pat on the back for keeping us out of the insolvency courts.
Doing it the hard way only makes sense, becomes justifiable if you’re trying to climb a mountain on foot. Or break the four minute mile. Then and only then is ‘hard’ admirable.
Doing it the hard way because your primary focus is upon making your investment bulletproof is not admirable. It would be if this was for the greater good that is the team winning stuff, but with one trophy in nigh on two decades while other sides win stuff every single season, that obviously is not the case.
If Spurs prevail – prevail will be the right word alright. They will have defied not a few opposing teams but a more stubborn and sinister force – their own business model.
Winning something will be glorious, but greater? That’s a particularly strange way of wording the experience.
If Roger Bannister had broken the four minute mile whilst secretly wearing lead weights under his vest would that have made his achievement even greater?
If Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE OSN revealed that he and Tenzing Norgay had secretly agreed not to take enough food or water before setting off, would that have made their achievement even greater?
I’ll be delighted if we win something, but not because we somehow manage to out manoeuvre the Investment Company that was supposed to be backing us…