Always Remember…

The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First
Amendment doesn’t say you have a right to speak out unless the
government has a ‘compelling interest’ in censoring the Internet. The
Second Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to keep and bear arms
until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t say you
have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI
agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no
right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances.
–Harry Browne

Of Liberty and Theater

The first and second Amendments are really the counter weights to Democracy. Those who ignore the second will ultimately loose the first, and a society that limits the first proves itself unworthy of the second. My biggest fear, with regard to the tragedies of late, is that in an attempt to save “just one child” we will surrender their future freedoms for security theater. That liberty will be forfeit at the alter of good intentions, doing nothing more than to make a world that is little less worthy of their sacrifice.

To have thrust upon them

Got a couple great quotes from Drive, by Daniel H. Pink:

“Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible.  Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one’s sights and pushing toward the horizon.”

“Rewards, we’ve seen, can limit the breadth of our thinking… They can focus our sights on only what’s immediately before us rather than what’s off in the distance.”

Management VS Leadership

British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein was once visited in his studio by the eminent author and fellow Briton, George Bernard Shaw. During their chat, Shaw noticed a huge block of marble standing in one corner and asked what it was for.

“I don’t know yet,” Epstein replied. “I’m still making plans.”

Shaw was astounded. “You mean you plan your work? Why, I change my mind several times a day!”

“That’s all very well when you’re working with a four-ounce manuscript,” replied the sculptor, “but not with a four-ton block of marble.”

-Story relayed by Lee Colan, PhD.