Robin Williams is frenetic, bizarre, over-the-top, and, to some, irritating. He is also a comic genius. And with that last statement I reveal myself as a huge fan. Obscure references, tangential non-sequiturs, the voices, all those things that drive others bat crazy...give me all those and more.
In spite of that, I held few expectations for his new sitcom which debuted Thursday night. I watched it anyway; geniuses do not often make television appearances.
Reviews you can read elsewhere. And my jury is still out. But I want to share just one line – six words, a moment in time, a mere scintilla of the fourth dimension – that gobstruck me.
"Leap and a net shall appear."
We are auditors. We do not like such phrases. We live by the advice of sages who say things like "Look before you leap" and "Don't put the cart before the horse" and "Stop, look, and listen" and "Where's the safety net" and myriad other profound pronouncements and aphorisms urging caution and surety before action.
Yet, nothing significantly changes without some act of blind faith.
You want to know why we still do things the same way? You want to know why we are partners but not quite equal? You want to know why we don't get invited to all the dances? You want to know why we wind up as the hall monitors and handle all the AV equipment and are members of the photo club? (Mayhap I have said too much.)
It is because we far too sincerely believe slow and steady wins the race. We far too strictly adhere to a code that requires ducks to be put in their appropriate rows. And we far too reverently believe that no rule was ever made to be broken.
It is because we refuse to leap...even when we have had a part in rigging the safety nets.
Go out. Find something worth leaping for. And then jump.
If it is a good fight, if it is a just cause, if it is the "right thing to do", a net shall appear.
Or, you can just sit in the corner basement office that organization's design specifically for audit departments which timidly accept their lot in life, wondering why the phone isn't ringing.
(A Postscript. In researching this post [yes, I actually do research when I am preparing these blogs – now, go away] I found that this quote is attributed to John Burroughs. Consider the record straightened; consider the point still made.)