I have been rather busy for the last few days and haven’t had the time to blog and was in two minds whether I was going to be motivated enough today but with uncompromising determination I have metaphorically put pen to paper.
Is it good or bad to be uncompromising, I suppose it depends on the circumstances, whilst climbing Mount Everest with Sherpa Tensing an uncompromising attitude to getting to the top no doubt helped Edmund Hillary in being the first man to the summit.
However the same could not be said of Captain Scott of the Antarctic who had a similar determination but was less able to compromise than his Norwegian competitor, Roald Armundsen to be the first to the South Pole. Scott was determined to make his, a scientific expedition and took tons of equipment, horses, petrol driven sleighs and food for all of them and the race to the pole was a secondary consideration.
Whilst both men were uncompromising in the way they went about their expeditions, Armundsen took dog sleighs and was equipped for speed leaving Scott far behind and arriving first at the South Pole on 14th Dec 1911. Sadly Scott was not only last to the pole but his uncompromising attitude may well have led to his death on the way back caught in a blizzard and running out of food.
During the First World War both sides took a very uncompromising attitude with regard to the enormous loss of life, taking it in turns to leave their trenches, walking across no mans land towards the enemy and eventually being mowed down in vast numbers by the machine guns. It has been said that the Allies had done the arithmetic and had worked out if virtually everyone on both sides was slaughtered we would still have sufficient men left to be declared as winners.
It was with similar uncompromising determination that we set about winning the Second World War which I suggest is one of the reasons for us wanting to leave the EU, for having freed the entire continent of Europe we rather resent having to kowtow to a bunch of cheese eating surrender monkeys and with that slightly uncompromising thought I shall leave you for another day.