And Then You Wake Up and it’s Tomorrow
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.¹
All the little angels rise up, rise up,
All the little angels rise up high.
How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
How do they rise up, rise up high?
They rise heads up, heads up, heads up,
They rise heads up, heads up high.²
The hardest thing a leader has to do is get up and lead when all they want to do is crawl back under the blankets and pretend the world doesn’t exist because they can’t see it. Yesterday they lost a legend, they lost a rock, they lost a resource as endless as the depths of space, as brilliant as the stars and as wise as time itself. Yesterday they lost a friend. Today they have a job to do. Alexander Gianturco has made of himself one hell of a persona in The Mittani. A brash, pragmatic, cosmopolitan leader who will do what it takes no matter the cost in the name of fun and the greater Goon empire. The Mittani sees enemies everywhere, sees persecution everywhere and stirs up base emotions of anger and rage.
I suspect that much of Vile Rat’s work consisted of translating The Mittani’s message for the audience of allies who didn’t subscribe to the “Oh we’re the leaders of the most powerful bloc in EvE but everyone still hates us” message. Alexander Gianturco has to find someone to do that.
Vile Rat coordinated a network of diplomats and spies. Some of whom may have been known only to him. Alexander Gianturco needs to find someone to run that network.
Vile Rat had cultivated a personal relationship of respect and trust in a universe filled with “Cut-yo-momma-for-a-wooden-nickel” types. Alexander Gianturco needs to find someone to work on that immediately, and it can’t be done in seconds.
The Mittani needs to make sure his fleet commanders stay on task. He needs to make sure that timers aren’t missed and that the right feathers get smoothed or ruffled, deal with unrest among the minions, and Be a Presence. He needs to show that he’s There and Engaged and Leading when in all likelihood Alexander Gianturco just wants to curl up in bed with a bottle.
His actions will be over-analyzed, his speeches subjected to razor thin examination of every word choice and phrase. His is the loneliness of leadership. His short list of friends he could really open up to, really drop his mask with, has shrunk, and instead of getting time to deal with his grief, he has to get up, log in and lead. 07 and good luck.
¹ Empty Chair At Empty Tables. Les Miserables Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, Victor Hugo
² Night Watch by Terry Pratchett