I’ve had various feedback about the Two Cultures 2017: Merit vs. Brilliance post – ranging from “Yes…yes…now I see it” to “How dare you call these people brilliant?!” However, over Christmas, events gave us something better than another wall of text. They gave us a visceral object lesson, like so:
Langan was kidnapped by the Taliban and when Channel 4 convened to discuss a rescue plan, Young showed up proposing he fly immediately to Kabul and spearhead negotiations.
That’s right – the editor of a moderately amusing literary magazine and unfunny hottaker was going to negotiate the release of a hostage with the Taliban. Never mind that he’s never been closer to Afghanistan than the Ivy. Never mind that as far as I know he speaks no even vaguely relevant language. No, off we go, piece of piss, Brexit done in an afternoon. If it wasn’t personal brilliance and sheer neck he was relying on, what can it have possibly been?
And…can we stop already with this shit?