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How to Write the Best Editorial Ever

by

Timothy O. Goyette



Are we satisfied with the best or do we want more? I can't say for other parts of the world, but here in the U. S. of A. we seem to always want a fifteen on a scale of one to ten. Maybe it's just popular culture but a silver medal at the Olympics or a movie that isn't the biggest box office draw is treated as a failure.

“Sorry, number 2, you just weren't good enough.”

The Guinness Book of World Records holds pages and pages of only the best. There is no such thing as second place. Academy awards, only to the best. Tony awards, only to the best. World cup, only to the best.

If we started rewarding second through fifth place more and ignored the winners then maybe people wouldn't set their sights so high. Which results in a stiff neck, by the way.

Let's face it most people in the world are within spitting distance of average while exceptional is just over the horizon. But what we lack in best-ness we make up for in numbers. We're easy to get along with and are generally happy in life.

We need to form a club and have tee shirts: mediocre and satisfied. It would be the biggest club on earth. More power to us.

Is this the best editorial ever? Heck no. But who wants to deal with that kind of stress?

Looking forward to an average summer,

Tim


2014-05-18 15:49:50
r.tornello - I always told my daughter, a sprinter in high school, that 2nd place was first place looser,"* unless 1st place DQed. I used to race motor vehicles, the expression* came from Dale Earnhardt ??? The other one came from me,HA! RT

2014-05-16 08:27:26
I'll buy that t-shirt!

2014-05-07 23:47:08
Ironspider - Sorry, but here in the UK things only go up to 11.

2014-05-05 18:20:52
tgoyette - I was very tired, sat down at the computer, and started typing. A little while later this came out. Put it through a rewrite and called it good.

2014-05-05 11:48:23
I really enjoyed this Tim. So playfully thoughtful , where do you get it?

2014-05-01 19:38:44
Pippin91 - Thoroughly enjoyable. I give this a 15 at least!

2014-05-01 15:43:47
mark211 - Heh. I definitely second what 'Bottomdweller' (is that right?) said - very funny editorial. Also I loved this line: " I can't say for other parts of the world, but here in the U. S. of A. we seem to always want a fifteen on a scale of one to ten."

2014-05-01 06:16:43
It may not be the best editorial ever, but it is one of the funniest, surely. Mediocre and loving it! Bottomdweller





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