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Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

This is a story about four people:
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done
and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Somebody got angry about that because
it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, 
but Nobody realized that 
Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed
Somebody, when actually
Nobody asked Anybody.

This touch of brilliance was written in the early ‘80s by Keith Reinhard, a clever AD-man of the MadMen era. Back then, I sent it to “everybody” I knew feeling that these wise words would not only resonate with me, but with friends and business associates for years to come. And they have. Some things remain forever clever and meaningful and, actually, seem even wiser and more insightful with age.

Although applicable in many instances, I can’t help but specifically think about today’s political environment and find Mr. Reinhard’s lyrical sentiment, while still clever, is, as well, a troubling commentary on the actions of many [the collective] “we” have elected and re-elected to office one too many times to work in tandem with one another to do something — anything — about (and for) the good of our people and the state of our nation. 

Here's to hoping that one day in the near future, an "informed" public’s voice will actually be heard and "everybody" will actually do something that results in being in the best interest of our nation (and likely, our world,) and not just in the best interest of "somebody's" political aspirations, agenda and/or their party affiliation. Hopefully, "Everybody" is listening.