Losing It?

The other day, a friend of mine texted me about an HBO documentary on gazillionaire investor Warren Buffett. I get these kinds fairly often, where someone sees something in the news about gender equality and clues me in.

Most of the time, it’s about bad news; often, Tertullian’s patriarchal fingerprints are still fresh at the crime scene. And let’s face it, in the age of Trump, there has tragically been a lot to lament!

But this text about Buffett was different. It was more of a “hey, this dude gets it” kind of text. Evidently, in the documentary, Buffett confesses his male privilege and discusses the untapped capacity of women in the workforce.

This all sounded intriguing to me. A wildly successful male business leader acknowledging privilege? In my experience, that’s no small thing!

So I googled it. I typed in “Warren Buffett male privilege.”

And you know what came up?

Me. 

There it is, the second search result down on the page. It’s this post here, from May 6, 2013.

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Returning to the text exchange, I told my friend about the search result, and he apologized. He wrote: “Oops. Sorry. Missed that post by you.”

Gracious of him, but here’s the thing:

I had forgotten that post as well.

I suppose this could reflect a few different things. Perhaps it means that I’m old and starting to lose it. I think my wife and kids might affirm this as a viable reason.

Or, maybe, this forgotten post from almost four years ago could tell a different story.

About a passion that has not waned. A fire still burning.

And a focused determination to understand this thing called male privilege and to keep challenging Tertullian until I figure out what Jesus would have me do with it.

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5 responses to “Losing It?”

  1. Greg says :

    Being an academic means you may occasionally find yourself in the following similar situation:
    (1) Become curious about X.
    (2) Start searching for what other people have written about X.
    (3) Find something and start reading it.
    (4) Get really excited because someone else thinks about X just the way you would have. Be amazed at how well-reasoned the writing is.
    (5) Eventually look at the author and realize that *you yourself* wrote the thing you are currently reading, but you had forgotten all about it.

  2. gailwallace55 says :

    What Greg said! I find it kind of comforting…haha! Keep writing, Rob!

  3. Michael Nalley says :

    Yeah, you’re getting old. 😉

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