Your comments under the blog entry, Heroes and Value Clarification, shook my limited thinking. When I read the first comment -- Jack's -- I would have wanted Bob Kearns to feel just like Jack. I would have loved him to lead the happy integrated life that Jack does. I, too, would like to.
According to the movie, Flash of Genius, which is all I have to go by, it wasn't Bob Kearns' ego that was at stake. Bob Kearns was more like the people who would stand in front of a tree to prevent its being cut down. There was something he believed in. There was something that he cared about. There was something important to him. Of course, he was standing in front of a tree that had already been cut down. As I see it, he was definitely not defending his ego.
Bob Kearns died before the movie came out. I would have liked him to know that he was enough of a hero to have had a movie made about him. And I would have liked to write to him.
There is a fine line between dedicated and obsessive. It depends on who is looking. Clearly, Bob Kearns was dedicated. He was also clearly obsessive. I wonder if we can be dedicated without being obsessive. I would guess that the more the odds are against us, the more dedicated we have to be and listen solely to the beat of our own drums. Even if we are the only one, we have to do it.
Galileo was laughed at for saying the Earth is round.
Einstein was a slow-learner. Who would have bet on him? And even when his theory of relativity was accepted (who was the slow learner?) he didn't remember to tie his shoes.
Van Gogh was dedicated and obsessive.
Thomas Edison was dedicated. I imagine there were those who dismissed him as being obsessive.
What about Walt Disney? He had his dream, and he wasn't believed in, except for an aunt who mortgaged her house for him. Even after he was successful and well-known and he wanted to make a theme park, few honored his dream.
I think that tomorrow I will answer the value clarification questions I gave to the best of my ability. Before I do, I want to be sure you all know I value your responses very much, and my responses are just my responses and in no way represent the Management!