When I was in high school, I remember learning about Napoleon and his Exile to Elba. The part of the story that always most fascinated me was that Napoleon wasn’t actually imprisoned on Elba, in fact, during his exile he ruled Elba…as an Emperor. He could leave whenever he wanted he would just have to face the consequences of his actions and after a time he did.
I have been Exiledinelbany practically my entire life, with countless chances to leave and I have for short periods – but I always come back. Having spent too many years in government, like Brooks in the Shawshank Redemption, I will admit to not yet being completely adjusted to “life on the outside.” The ability to direct and effect change is real, albeit limited on the inside, but on the outside it’s more persuasion than direction, grin and bear it and a wing and a prayer. In essence that is the reason for this blog – to answer my own need to try and affect small change through persuasion, reflection, humor or sometimes just by stamping my feet loudly.
Brooks hung himself, Napoleon deluded himself – there has to be a better end to exile – maybe a nice island off the coast of Tuscany.