Really I've been meaning to, Dear Reader.
I've been distracted by a couple of work related things.
But I do want to draw together a thought from the Democratic convention speeches this week and the profession of science.
We are stronger together. Science works best when it is collaborative...we all parrot this truthism at one time or another. And we do collaborate. Within our laboratories if nothing else.
There is also competition. No doubt, no doubt. Very pointed in some ways. We've talked about the long odds of making it through to the professor chair, of getting the grants funded and of getting the paper published in just the right journals.
It's tempting to go low.
Michelle Obama says she always goes high when they go low.
She's right, you know? In the short term it may cost you a bit. Missing that opportunity to do dirt to your professional competition may let them advance in some small way beyond you. Maybe a not so small way.
I'm convinced, however, that taking the high road tends to work out better in the long run.
My confidence in this was wavering a tiny little bit in recent times. It's nice to be reminded that people who act the ass eventually are going to pay a price. You can get by for a little while but eventually, eventually, you are going to run out of those willing to give you a benefit of the doubt. Run out of friends and supporters. Run out of collaborators.
Because when it comes right down to it there are many scientific collaborators out there to work with. If you develop a bad reputation, they will choose others.
It took until this week to see a full slate of unreserved admiration and respect for the political life of Hillary Clinton on display. To my recollection anyway. It took a long time for her. I don't know that she always took the high road but she sure didn't take many low ones, especially given the vitriol directed at her over the years.
So I'm not saying take the high road because it will lead to immediate recognition and reward. It may take some time. It may never occur.
But hey, at least you can look yourself in the mirror every day without flinching.