The West Wing is/was one of my all time favorite TV shows and there never ceases to be great dialogue that is also great advice for everyday life.

This is a particularly potent one for me:

In #32 Noël, Leo tells Josh the following story (Josh refers to it when talking to Leo in “Bartlet for America”):

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.
“A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
“Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on
“Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”

I recently read an article in the Economist magazine regarding the internet debacles of late: specifically the failure of Amazon’s cloud servers, and the hacking of Sony’s network.

In commenting that the more we become familiar with something, the more “off-guard” and unprepared we are for when things turn bad, the article offered a healthy reminder:

“…It often pays to be paranoid.”

Seems like good advice!