Shawn L. Bird

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Power September 4, 2012

Filed under: Commentary,Literature — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:14 pm
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Power will also end up with the sort of people who crave it.

Orson Scott Card.  Ender’s Game NY: Tor, 1991. p. 239

People who crave power, ensure they get it eventually, in one form or another. Be it business or politics, if they have the desire for it, they will make it happen.  One hopes that with the desire for power is an instinct or training for leadership as well.  Fair leaders with wise attitudes are rare, I think!  (Though I have come across many quite impressive leaders in schools over the years).  Benign dictatorships are the most effective governments for a reason.  Most people can’t be bothered with all those fine details.  I often wonder if the heinous voter turn out in the US elections relates to the sheer volume of things on their ballots?  How can Joe Everyman possibly make informed decisions when voting for everything from president to dog catcher, and complex referenda?  It would require far too much research! It makes me glad that we don’t have this system in Canada.  Sometimes excessive democratization of decision making is anathema to intelligent decisions!  Joe Everyman generally will not have enough facts to make a sensible choice, and if he’s voting based on looks, popularity, or the dollars spent on spin, he is unlikely to get the best leaders, is he?  One hopes power isn’t purchased, but is earned after demonstrating prudent wisdom.  But when you consider that “cream rises to the top,” remember cream is really just fat. What’s floating at the top isn’t necessarily what’s the best thing for your long term benefit.


story or death August 28, 2012

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:23 am
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If the other fellow can’t tell you his story, you can never be sure he isn’t trying to kill you.

Orson Scott Card.  Ender’s Game.  NY: Tor, 1991. p.253.

This quote  is either really profound or hilarious.  There is a bit of a truth here though.  If you know nothing about someone else, you may distrust his motives, and perhaps for good reason.  However, if you know where someone has come from, have heard history and story, well, then you might be absolutely certain that he’s whacked out and you’re in danger every moment you’re with him!  Or not.


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