So went the phrase in Misroslav Close’s wikipedia entry. I had looked him up as he broke the World Cup scoring record. Initially I thought it was only slightly interesting: what someone says they believe is less important to me than if it has any effect on their wallet, their relationships and the company they keep.
So I read on and found out two surprising things (Wikipedia is not an academic reference tool...):-
-He once turned down a penalty kick as he told the referee that it was, in fact, not a penalty.
-2 years ago he scored a goal. He told the referee that it was in fact a handball and the goal was overruled.
I do not know the veracity of these claims, nor do I want to make the guy a plaster saint (some people tell me I am ‘good’- I find this embarrassing: I know I am horrendously inconsistent), but at least in these two events, the label seems to fit.
Lets face it; it is easy to cheat/cut corners at work. Particularly if no one can see or if the pressure to own up is too great as you might lose face/profit or even your job. Hey: it is just as easy in the ministry- we are not pure.
And maybe Klose stumbles and makes mistakes and has glaring inconsistencies. In fact he will have. But in these two instances he is remembered as he did something different, something unexpected as opposed to shrugging his shoulders and saying ‘well everybody else does it’.
I would like my life to be marked by that: doing the unpopular thing, that costs, but it is done as it is ‘right’.