For so many communities Emcomm has become an Old men’s club salted with a handful of Paramilitary wannabes.
Not surprising, as they say a Man is most useful to a community before the responsibilities of family life have settled in and once the nest is empty in a hope or regaining the Mojo they set aside to be a family man.
The first group, the energetic younger ones, often lack experience but usually have the energy.
The later group often think they have the experience, much which is arm chair wishful thinking rather than actual experience, and are willing to run the course if they can get Doctor’s permission.
Unfortunately they have become aged infirm well meaning folks who wouldn’t survive a long weekend rough camping without their evening & prescription medicines, much less a prolonged operation under emergency.
The wishful experience is often decades of imagination or endless groundhog-days repetition doing things in curious antiquated ways, or doing thing over & over but out right wrongly. It would be like someone imagining themselves a musician when they have practiced their scales wrong (or just imagined scales) for years.
When confronted with their inadequacies they are the folks who in the best of times storm out of meetings flush with rage due to lack of personal self control spouting off visions of grander that they will somehow metamorphose into swashbuckling Emcomm Leaders in a time of true emergency.
Real “Grandpa’s Army” club of folk who know that in almost every aspect of their lives that they are “playing pieces off the table” but cling on for the “glory” through the Emcomm charades.
Send us the money from grants & funds, they say – actually they are often quite good at this – send us to the weekend retreats on luxury resort campuses to swagger with other ancients talking Emcomm.
Salted in Grandpa’s Army usually will be a few doing Emcomm for Personal profits. The EmGov industry worker, perhaps employed by a served agency or private profiteer.
Shades of Emcomm Grey they often fight tooth an nail with the more able, as a Grandpa’s Army of Grumpy Old Men.
If one’s group is fortunate in this midst will be a rational true at heart Elmer or two who has not been run off. And be sure that there are a lot of earnest, trustworthy and able older Emcomm participants who are real Emcomm assets.
And there is the deadman’s shoes of positions filled by the infirm, unable and unwise who simply won’t step aside.
There are Emcomm groups who put on Auxiliary Status and forbid leadership roles for anyone medicating, unfit or over a certain age limit.
Perhaps through such an effort they suffer with a light shade of Emcomm Grey.