Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion which we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrow of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous and humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.
Eclecticity Light: Where does he find this stuff?
Think of only three things - your God, your family, and the Green Bay Packers - in that order.
The bookkeeper, Chichishev, was in military service and in charge of old supplies. He had received the rank of sergeant, but there was nothing military about him. He was just an ordinary bookkeeper, no longer young, who did his job well. He could hardly talk without his calculating machine. If someone would ask at five o'clock, "What time of day is it?" he would soon hear five clicks on his abacus by way of an answer. Or if someone would say, "When a man (one click of the abacus) lives all alone, life is difficult. He (click! - click) should get married."
Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.
Take a quick trip.
Cholula is a small town in the Mexican state of Puebla. It is the site of the archaeological excavation of one of the largest pyramids in Mesoamerica. What was once the great pyramid is today a fair-sized mountain, covered with trees and shrubs, topped by a rather undistinguished church. The excavation has laid free parts of the old structures, and some of the archaeological work now takes place under the open sky. The archaeologists have also dug deep tunnels into the mountainside. Gradually, the artificial mountain is being hollowed out by these tunnels, pushing further and deeper into the buried pyramid.
It is good to be helpful and kindly, but don't give yourself to be melted into candle grease for the benefit of the tallow trade.
I'm not sure if there is a tremendous desire for a re-make of "The Magnificent Seven."
Bach by popular demand: BBC Proms with "Sleepers Wake."
From 2004: A reminder from Cultural Offering of a maxim that should be taught in schools and posted in coffee shops, bars, and boardrooms.
Roger Clegg, of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has written two essays on the issue of restoring voting rights to felons.
Several months ago I read and enjoyed Peter Robinson's Snapshots From Hell: The Making of an MBA, an account of his experience at Stanford Business School.
You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper.
Toward the end of the conversation the acting prime minister raised the question of the Jews. He had come to confer with the aging king Christian X on the state of affairs in occupied Denmark. It was early September 1943, and the German advance into the Soviet Union seemed successful and unstoppable, the news going from bad to worse. The European continent was under totalitarian control, and the United States remained firmly neutral. Denmark insisted on its neutrality, too, but the country had been under German occupation since April 1940, and even if the firm Danish rejection of any Nazi representation in government was still holding up, the Germans were becoming more and more arrogant in their demands. Now Finance Minister Vilhelm Buhl, acting as head of government, sounded out the king on the delicate issue of the Danish Jews. Later the same day the king wrote down the main lines of the conversation in his private diary. According to the king, the finance minister expressed deep concern: "Considering the inhuman treatment of the Jews not only in Germany but also in other countries under German occupation, one could not help but worry that one day this request would also be presented to us. If so, we would have to reject it outright following their protection under the Constitution."
Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.
George Jones and Dolly Parton: "Blues Man."
Montaigne, who wrote something about everything, had his say, too, about the Americas and Americans. The title of his essay, "Of Cannibals," is highly uncomplimentary. Yet the essay itself contains much that is favorable. It is interesting to observe how the very discovery of the new world plunged the old world into an argument about civilization; how this argument has gone on ever since, and how relatively little its terms have changed; how it always revolves around the same questions; and how, from the start, it has abounded in misconceptions. The fact that the Americans Montaigne wrote about were Indians, living in what was later to become Brazil, makes no difference. As I embark on my book about the United States of North America, those "Americans," and Montaigne, help me clarify my intent.
The most pressing human costs are in terms of physical deprivation and suffering. The most pressing moral imperative in policy making is a calculus of pain.
The study of politics is the study of influence and the influential. The science of politics states conditions; the philosophy of politics justifies preferences. This book, restricted to political analysis, declares no preferences. It states conditions.
We all may have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
The Guardian: Hamilton stays on the $10 bill and Tubman goes on the $20.
The past century will go down in history as one in which mass violence reached levels the world had never before known. The persecution and annihilation of Europe's Jews surely constitute one of the most tragic episodes in human history. Yet these events also offer us an opportunity - a rare one, unfortunately - to see, in the efforts made by some to help the persecuted and save those living under threat of death, how goodness can flourish too. Acts of goodness occur sporadically almost everywhere; but there are two countries that can recall their history with pride, thanks to the collective protection they provided the Jews while themselves living under German control. These two countries are Denmark and Bulgaria. At the time that the Red Army was nearing the Bulgarian frontier, writes Hannah Arendt in Eichmann in Jerusalem, 'not a single Bulgarian Jew had been deported or had died an unnatural death...I know of no attempt,' she adds, 'to explain the conduct of the Bulgarian people, which is unique in the belt of mixed populations.'