Friday I received an email with a forwarded trail of other emails. You know the kind. Attached to the signature block of a complete stranger was a quote.
My wife assures me you have already seen this quote. But I had not.Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
It is possible to discuss people in a great-minded way. Considering Moses, Socrates, Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, Leonardo Da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, or Eleanor Roosevelt is one way to discuss great ideas. But we know — especially anyone who spends much time in Washington D.C. knows — people-discussions that are small-minded.
Homeland Security Watch will discuss people. Who is doing what and how they are doing can be significant. We will discuss events. Using events to inform our policy, strategy, and planning judgment is crucial. But we need much more discussion of ideas. Homeland security is a young discipline. The ideas around which we organize and what we do with those ideas will have a significant impact on both people and events.
The folks at Wikiquotes suggest Mrs. Roosevelt probably did not say this and the source is unknown. Too bad.