We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts...
My grandfather was a chauffeur out of North Station in Boston during the Depression, and drove Silent Cal home when he would arrive by train. Hated him. Never spoke, never tipped, made him wait in the cold when he stopped to eat. Liked Senator Lodge (the grandson) much better.
Assistant Village Idiot
Interesting story. Lodge came from old money, so he had both the experience and the funds for tipping. Coolidge's tightfistedness came from his life experience of growing up on a family farm whose most reliable crop was the crop of rocks in the spring. [It is edifying to walk through New England woods which used to be farmland, and note how many boulders there are. Not bountiful farmland- not by a long shot.]
IIRC, on a family trip to Vermont when I was a child, we purchased some cheddar cheese from the Coolidge family farm.
Are you referring to the Senator Lodge who lost to JFK in 1952?
I must have had a dozen or so profs tell me this when they were trying to recruit me for one PhD program or another when I was in college/grad school back in the 40's/50's. They all said the only thing required to earn the PhD is persistence enough to finish the research and dissertation.
The Switchel Blogger
There is something else. Perhaps more important, perhaps not. Some individuals are so different that they see and do things differently than normal people do. You can't always identify these people except perhaps after they discover something great or produce a breakthrough in a field of interest. Most of humans useful discoveries were not the result of 100's of PhD's working 100 hour weeks for decades. They were the result of some lone 'tinkerer' who couldn't have held a candle to a PhD in the classical discipline of what he was working on but because he wasn't burdened with all that knowledge and of course with all the standards, rules and limitations he went down a road less traveled. Later some very smart men may have smoothed out the wrinkles in the new discovery and other very smart people may have created commercial uses for it, but these same very smart people did not discover it.