We tend to look in specific places for specific characteristics – to entrepreneurs for innovation, the military for courage and resolution, firefighters and police for unflinching service, to government for stability in crisis, and in particular to politicians for astute direction in the midst of disorder. It’s normal enough.
It is better to think of these characteristics, though, not as the exclusive reserves of distinct groups, but rather as a collective subtext for our community as a whole. Through one societal device or another we have cultivated them to manifest among these distinct groups, and so that is where we are accustomed to find them.
But when they are needed elsewhere, we should not be surprised to find them there as well. After all, they are flowing beneath us all, a vibrant admixture of undercurrents ready to surface amongst any of us at any time, with all the vigor and force that characterizes them even in the hands of their more trained exhibitors.
Surely on 9/11 – the setting for Jeff Ingber’s “Resurrecting the Street” – our expectations were wonderfully met by all of those in whom we invest this viscerally vital trust and confidence. Those stories entered our national consciousness immediately. Even as the shock waves of these ghastly crimes still emanated from their ground zeros, police, firefighters, and others on whom we so deeply rely began rolling inward, to the very sources of the danger, stanching the wounds, stitching the injuries, helping us to focus, orient, heal; proof, in the inexhaustible dignity of their response to this depravity, that the barbarians cannot force the gates of this great society.
But there are more stories yet, arising from this crisis. And they are borne aloft by the same themes – the same immediate acknowledgement and acceptance of the need to act, the same awareness of the immense stakes at risk, the same quiet determination that the shoulders upon which these burdens fell would bear the load.
Please keep this idea in mind as you read this excellent, eye-opening book, “Resurrecting the Street.” Surely you will learn much about the nature and history of one of the most complex and important underpinnings of the national – indeed, the international – economy. In fact, you will no doubt be surprised and even alarmed to realize how much more of our society than merely economic activity rests on the smooth operation of this amazing infrastructural market, and upon the confidence that it can be relied upon to continue to do so.
Perhaps more surprised at such realizations than will be you upon reading of them were the people who are the subjects of this book, who suddenly understood what their work meant to society, even to the world, and who then simply, grimly, irresistibly, turned to it.
You shouldn’t be surprised to realize as well that, should your turn come, you too will find wellsprings of strength and determination rising within you from those undercurrents of national character that define us all.
That is the great lesson of this wonderful book, and one well told. Please get your copy of Resurrecting the Street; Overcoming the Greatest Operational Crisis in History, by Jeff Ingber now,
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