Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Life is a Tale; Life is Hard Choices

Hard Choices
Hillary Clinton

In Hard Choices Hillary Clinton reminds the readers that she has made a number of hard choices in her illustrious career as a public servant. Here's an excerpt:

"When I chose to leave a career as a young lawyer in Washington to move to Arkansas to marry Bill and start a family, my friends asked, “Are you out of your mind?” I heard similar questions when I took on health care reform as First Lady, ran for office myself, and accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to represent our country as Secretary of State."

Mrs. Clinton forcefully asserts that the choices that she has made were not always the easy or the self-beneficial ones. Most of her choices entailed self-sacrifice as she gave up lucrative career for public service. The narrative is full of cloying stories about family, relationships, and friendship to prove that she is very likeable, and just like ordinary folks.

Overall, Hard Choices is quite boring and dreary, and there is nothing authentic about it. It makes me think of this quote from William Shakespeare’s immortal play Macbeth:

[Life] is a tale,
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. 

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