I’m Batman: Part Three

As you’ve no doubt surmised, perhaps randomly or perhaps not, Batman’s a fairly big deal around here. That’s part of the reason I tend to categorize days in three ways:

  1. Good days
  2. Bad days
  3. Batman-mug days.

Batman-mug days are those in which nothing less than 16 ounces of Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend, brewed to a consistency in which you can stand a knife, blade down, and served scalding hot and jet black, will get a minimum number of my synapses firing and elevate my state of mind above negative numbers on the Positivity Scale.

It’s likely evident from my most recent post that I’d been experiencing quite the run of successive Batman-mug days of late. Here’s why: I’m terrible at helpless. I’m incorrigibly driven to make sense of things, even if they make no sense. And my initial and strongest inclination is to fix things. My brain is the perfect manifestation of a man’s brain, according to this:

So, I’d been struggling. And I struggled to determine whether to publish that most recent post from the moment I wrote it. I struggled because (A) what I expressed in that post is absolutely true as I see all things media, but (B) there was no hope in that post. There was no fix or fixing in it.

Moreover, that post made me afraid. I was afraid because:

  1. I don’t want to be a shortsighted jackass.
  2. I don’t want to be an ideologue.
  3. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.
  4. I don’t want to ignore facts (intellect) in favor of feelings (emotion).
  5. I don’t want to ignore systemic causes (there are many) in favor of inflamed and inflammatory symptoms (there are equally as many).
  6. I don’t want to be involved in any discussion that ignores the truth in favor of pandering and virtue-signaling.
  7. Related to points #1 and #6, I wasn’t sure I knew the truth.

Then I saw the Condoleeza Rice video in the P.S. of that post.

That video reflects an informed, balanced perspective. It was all and exactly what I needed. Rather than making me feel as if I could fix something, it made me feel fixed. It made me feel as if a lead helmet had been removed from my head. I could lift my head and see clearly again. Whew! That was close.

But I’m not struggling anymore. I’m Batman.

Now, where’s my mug?


Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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    • 🤣 I think quite often of Adam West as Batman, saying to Burt Ward as he prepared to throw his Batarang, “Stand clear, Robin.”

      Thank you for the chuckle, Mac.