The NY Times columnists, Gail Collins and David Brooks, have a chat on Wednesdays in the online paper. The most recent started off about Margaret Thatcher and how non-introspective she was. David Brooks, obviously a fan, thought that it might be a necessary thing for a president since he wasn’t able to remember anyone since Carter who was introspective and he, of course, was a terrible president.
When you make things, you have to be decisive. Blue prints are to be followed to exactitude because if they aren’t the final product will be a dud. (Is this why the Edsel was a flop?) There is no room for creativity as every new addition needs to be drawn into the plans so that concomitant work will also fit. Only artists get away with extemporaneous abstractions.
David Brooks appreciation of Margaret Thatcher might also extend to Shariah Law—no introspection there. Or perhaps to Kim Jong-un. Or perhaps to Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro. I don’t think introspection hinders a politician in the slightest. It is the press that doesn’t want their politicians to be introspective. Everyone wants firm resolve from their leaders. Thinking has never been less fashionable.