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Message to Garcia 1st July, 2007

Message to Garcia 1st July, 2007

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SR : ABC Digest : Elbert Hubbard1
ABC DIGEST: ELBERT HUBBARD
INITIATIVE
by Elbert Hubbard 
The world bestows its big prizes, both in money and honors, for butone thing, and that is Initiative. What is Initiative? I’ll tell you. It isdoing the right thing without being told.But next to doing the thing without being told is to do it when youare told once. That is to say, carry the Message to Garcia: thosewho can carry a message get high honors, but their pay is not alwaysin proportion.Next, there are those who do the right thing only when Necessitykicks them from behind, and these get indifference instead of honoursand a pittance for pay. This kind spends most of its time polishing abench with a hard luck story.To which class do you belong?
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Elbert Hubbard
was a renounedphilosopher, author, editor andlecturer of the late nineteenth and earlytwentieth centuries. In 1895, hefounded the Roycrofters, acommunity of artists andcraftspeople, in East Aurora, NY. Hewas the editor of the Fra and PhilistineMagazine. His publications: One Day;No Enemy but Himself; LittleJourneys; Life of John Brown; AMessage to Garcia and more than tenthousand magazine articles.
 
SR : ABC Digest : Elbert Hubbard2
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA
by Elbert Hubbard 1899
In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizonof my memory like Mars at perihelion.When war broke out between Spain and the United States it was verynecessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents,Garcia who was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba - no oneknew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. ThePresident must secure his cooperation quickly. What to do!Some one said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan who will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathlessbronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is notbook-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that,but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal toa trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing -“Carry a message to Garcia!”
 Rowan was sent for and given a letter to bedelivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by thename of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it upin an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over hisheart, in four days landed by night off thecoast of Cuba from an open boat,disappeared into the jungle, and in threeweeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia - arethings I have no special desire now to tell indetail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?”
RowanGarcia
 
SR : ABC Digest : Elbert Hubbard3
General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No manwho has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many handswere needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by theimbecility of the average man - the inability or unwillingness toconcentrate on a thing and do it.Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook or threat he forces or bribes other men to assist him; ormayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him anAngel of Light for an assistant.You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in youroffice — six clerks are within call. Summon any one and make thisrequest: “Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio.” Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?On your life, he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye andask one or more of the following questions: Who was he? Whichencyclopaedia? Where is the encyclopedia? Was I hired for that?Don’t you mean Bismarck? What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?Is he dead? Is there any hurry? Sha’n’t I bring you the book and letyou look it up yourself? What do you want to know for?And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered thequestions, and explained how to find the information, and why youwant it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to helphim and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of courseI may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average, I will not.Now, if you are wise, you will not bother to explain to your “assistant”that Correggio is indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you willsmile very sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and go look it up yourself.And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, thisinfirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift-these are the things that put pure Socialism so far into the future.

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