Rook emails week5 part2


from: Dominik Rook <>
to: Alistair Frith <>
subject: Typ 2s

There was a phrase I oft repeated to my staff, particularly to the new recruits: no care, all responsibility. It was something my father uttered religiously. As the longest running Permanent Secretary the DoDD ever had, he passed it on to the men he trained, and then those men passed it on to me. No care, all responsibility. But I knew that phrase long before I joined the department, years before, because it punctuated my childhood.

No care, all responsibility. It meant: do not be stirred by the horrors surrounding you. Do not be afraid. Do not grieve for those who fall. Do your job right, and clean, and well, because it is the most important job in the world. But then, when you loosen your tie at the end of the day, leave it all behind. It can't touch you.

Or that's that idea, anyway.

My father stared into the face of monsters. He was the last bastion of humanity, and with that phrase on his lips every day he made the job look easy.

Perhaps I've also made it look easy. Too easy. And that's why the department is no more.

How long before our absence is felt? Will it come incrementally? Or all at once, with some great catastrophe?

And who will take responsibility then?

from: Dominik Rook <>
to: Alistair Frith <>
subject: An apology


I must apologise for my emails of earlier this week. You were quite right to disregard them.

Veröffentlichung: Mittwoch, 6. März 2013 - Being Human Blog

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