I read a sub-heading on the BBC today: "You don't want 'nice' -- you want a tough manager who will push you to do your best." Recently I engaged a Rhodes philosophy graduate to check my Second Edition metaphysic. He isn't 'nice'. But he's just what I wanted. OBSERVATION: If anything can be sunk, it's a metaphysic. However, while I have been perplexed at some of his comments, more than half way through our work now, I can't see that I'm "sunk", and that is good.