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"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's quote was delivered to reflect the circumstances of the Civil War, and as a call that something different must be tried when one is faced with an emerging disaster, it's indisputable.

Children Are The Future

Hannah Arendt once said, “Every generation, Western civilization is invaded by barbarians – we call them ‘children.’”

This suggests (at least) two observations. In the context of current events, one observation is that the children now seem to be in charge and the obvious disasters are following from that state of affairs.

The New Default

An article by Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal captures succinctly the appropriate default view that every citizen ought to have of government.

"The lesson is that government bureaucracy should be treated, at every level, as inherently and inescapably incompetent. And that expert opinion should be viewed as mistaken until proven otherwise. Meanwhile, wield a blunt instrument."

Sherman vs. Tiger and Naval Warfare

Many World War II combat buffs and gamers know that the Sherman tank was inferior to the German Tiger.

Anyone who's ever watched the movie, Patton will remember the line delivered by Karl Malden's character, Omar Bradley. Bradley was talking about the American half track, but it would be applied by many commentators to the Sherman as well.

Do One Thing Well

"Do not try to do everything. Do one thing well." Steve Jobs

The UNIX Philosophy precept #2: Make each program do one thing well.

Search the Internet for the phrase "do one thing well," and the results will include many examples of entrepreneurs and research scientists and others who have taken that small piece of advice to heart and demonstrated its power. Add to that recent research that demonstrates very convincingly that multitasking just isn't possible, perhaps even for organizations.

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