Friday, 10 March 2017
Making Things Happen
"I like making things happen instead of having them happen to me, and I'm pretty good at it, which is good for everyone."
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Ten, p. 265.
I have always been someone that things happened to. There are definitely two kinds of people but they operate in every context. Van Rijn runs a company whereas Havel leads a community. In van Rijn's period, there will be trade union leaders among his employees and leaders of social campaigns in the Solar Commonwealth. We see political movements and their leaders on David Falkayn's home planet, Hermes.
"And I will purely and surely do whatever it takes to win a fight...I just don't like some parts of it much." (ibid.)
We don't need people who like every part of a fight. When I worked as a Careers Adviser, a client told me that he wanted to join the Army because he wanted to kill people! I could not recommend him for that career. Van Rijn wants to trade in times of peace but wages war when necessary.