On the subject of greatness

I had a conversation yesterday with a man who has a great deal of Native American blood in him. He has a fine mind.

The French men in their 40s and 50s have far less heart disease than their British and American counterparts. A big part of that is because they eat food with alcohol and they have a more mature relationship with food in general.

My friend told me he didn’t like Budweiser. He did like what he considered better cultivated beverages. Now, this post is not an attack on that beer. Yet, it reminded me of a chapter I read in a book that I am fond of:

Small Giants: Companies that want to be great not big

In that book there is a chapter about a man in America who wanted to make the best brewery he could. On every level.

And the lessons he learns are truly heartwarming. He starts out with this microbrewery having two shifts. But this man is very attentive. There is a goodness in him that can listen and observe. So, he sees that the two shifts with the same tools means that the tools are not owned by the workers. Because the workers have not been regarded with the regard they deserve. Such a man is in contact with the living values of humanism. The greatness, and craftsmanship and tenderness, in his fellow man.

So he makes it one shift and everyone has their own tools. He sends them to the best breweries in Germany to study and he puts his heart and back into it. And so do those around him. And there comes a pride from that kind of enterprise that is not a negative. It is a real boon.

It is people like that, and the company they keep, they are what makes America a great country.

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