Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. He delivers leadership workshops to organizations and blogs at BarryBrownstein.com, and Giving up Control.
"They weren’t exacting revenge on an enemy — they were toying with an insect."
As the highest-ranking soldier among the 1292 American POWs in the camp, Roddie Edmonds was responsible for the others' well-being. The German commandant told Edmonds to identify his Jewish soldiers. Edmonds replied, "We are all Jews here." He cared about the well-being of another group of people without thought of his own well-being, expressing a bigger love than personal love. We can call this Big Love.
Memory, Ed Yong writes, “isn’t just an act of retrieval, but of reconstruction.” Memories are built from “scratch each and every time.” Yes, we may draw on information stored in the brain, but then we reconstruct our memories in the present via our thinking.
A “change in circumstances” will begin when we change our minds about the role of government. When we no longer believe we need a president’s plan, candidates will stop offering them. We are the problem and we are the solution.
Our feelings are not a guide to a prosperous, free, and peaceful society; timeless principles are.
Consider the cautionary tale of Mao’s “Four Pests” campaign.
America seems to be in a dangerous spiral of polarization.
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