Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:05
You think I'm mad. Perhaps I am. But listen, Henry Frankenstein. While you were digging in your graves, piecing together dead tissues, I, my dear pupil, went for my material to the source of life. I grew my creatures, like cultures, grew them as nature does, from seed!
— Doctor Septimus Pretorius, from The Bride of Frankenstein
Ah, the Frankensteins ... it seems that whatever they create turns out badly. Whether it be Victor's creature in the book, or Henry's in the film, or his later attempt at a bride. Even his son Wolf has disastrous results with his experiments.
And even though the creature has no name, so powerful was the evil and so great the wanton destruction caused by the House of Frankenstein that we have come to use the name for the monster itself.
It seems the Frankensteins had not one, but two fatal flaws: hubris, the usurping of god-like power, and unaccountability, the failure to take responsibility for their creation after endowing it with life.
Is there such a house at work in the world today? I'm afraid there is ... the house of Monsanto.
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:14
Monday, 01 July 2013 21:51
By Joe Romano,
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
— Ralph Nader
When confronted with the direct question of where they would like to be led, many people bristle. They are not as concerned by the question of where as much as the idea that they are being led at all. Who are your leaders? Barack Obama? Pope Francis? Sandra Steingraber? 12th Moon? Michael Pollan? Svante Myrick? Somebody? Anybody?
Who can you trust to lead? In the largest survey of its kind, with results from 31,000 respondents in 26 markets around the world, Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, found that only 18 percent of those surveyed trusted business leaders to tell the truth — and even fewer trusted government officials — a pathetic 13 percent.
So what would it take to be a leader that a person could trust? 75,000 people from around the world, in the largest survey of its kind, were asked what qualities would be necessary for them to follow a leader willingly. Over 70 percent of respondents said the person needed to be honest, forward-thinking, and inspiring.
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