Friday, May 11, 2007

Quick word association: What are the first two words that come to mind when you hear “Cold River?” If you thought “cold” and “snow,” you’re not alone …

Barbara Tuchman tells us: Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Choose Books!
That is one of the key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way. Anybody who thinks that "it doesn't matter who's President" has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the other side of the World -- or been beaten and gassed by Police for tresspassing on public property -- or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons -- or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower: that is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted
The voice of Hunter S. Thompson in my head helped me write Cold River A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity

Mix of Ideas Wishing to do things early in our lives
The amazingly well informed blogger Bill Ives, who looks at May 2, 2004 as a day when he started his first post, notes that Jim McGee had a great post on the Fast Forward blog, Balancing diligence and laziness.

He begins with a reference to the work of General Erich Von Manstein (1887-1973) on the German Officer Corps. Erich mapped a 2 x 2 matrix with laziness/diligence on one side and smart/stupid on the other. He said the stupid lazy people can be ignored as they do no harm. It is the stupid diligent people that are the biggest threat to the organization. The smart diligent people become middle management and the smart lazy people become senior management. Jim adds to this, …our Puritan/Calvinist heritage still dominates reward and evaluation systems. Regardless of the actual importance of thought and reflection to long-term organizational success, you are better off looking busy than looking like you are thinking.

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