Stoking the self-esteem engine on hallowed ground
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:19 am
Oh and speaking of Steinbrenner, anyone notice how substantially bigger his monument was than the likes of Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, etc....
The overall impact is like a big screen TV in an art gallery or museum - self-demeaning. If the size had been similar to the rest, it would have *included* him with the others. Instead, the size sets him apart as if acknowledging the difference. His listed contributions could have told the story better than the out-of-place ostentatiousness. Smaller would have been bigger. And how does the citation "...he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity" fit with being able to see the plaque from space? Stoking the self-esteem engine even on hallowed ground. So the size reveals a unintended truth - like a mating display of plumage - and it undermines the misguided attempt to trump. In the end it makes him smaller, and all the others there larger.