I was away all day yesterday at a meeting in Virginia. Got up at 4 AM and caught a very early flight and got back home around 11:30 PM last night. It was a meeting with several other scientists.
I guess that it's been a while since I've seen scientific egos go at each other. But watching the one-up-manship at work made me glad that I have a choice of whether to join in or just sit still. I chose the latter.
I can remember how I'd get pleasure in years past of feeling full of myself and being arrogant when I knew that I was right about a study or had the data to substantiate a point. I'd hammer it home. Now I think back on what an ego driven jerk I could be. I wouldn't ever be yelling but sometimes just cold hard statements are even worse. So witnessing yesterday's tirade by one of the scientists made me realize once again that I'm thankful that I can accept a divergence of opinion and work towards a way to unify people in a discussion. This is a good example to me of how Tradition One works in the program and in my life.