What a fantastic talk, at least — for me — the first half was. I have a friend who is the head moderator at ADVrider and was once a county sheriff and Army Colonel. He says there are three sides to every story: one side, the other side, and the truth.
I was acutely aware of this when writing my own talk because I wanted it to pass any fact checking. For each paragraph I wrote, I asked what critics would say, and would they have a point?
What I think I have discovered in my life, however, is you don’t always control your narrative — even when it’s true. I don’t think I’d like to go back in time to tell Churchill to consider what other people think of him. Or to get him focused on his obituary.
I think there are people whose narratives seemed insane at the time. I worked for one of them. But they turned out to be accurate and thank God they were sure enough of them to stick to them come Hell or high water. Or in Churchill’s case, war.