Introduction

‘The Twenty First Century is when everything changes’. 

To what?

The Vorlons ask: ‘Who are you?’

The Shadows ask: ‘What do you want ?’

Dada Meinhof is of the Shadow party.

Wishing is not only ineffectual but enervates if what is wished is not willed, and willed resolutely. It must be accompanied, too, by a clear far-seeing vision which shows the will what can be done.

Ernst Bloch, On Karl Marx

The leader must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame. The leader must acknowledge mistakes and admit failures, take ownership of them, and develop a plan to win … In order to convince and inspire others to follow and accomplish a mission, a leader must be a true believer in the mission … If a leader does not believe, they will not take the risks required to overcome the challenges necessary to win … the leader must align their thoughts and vision to the mission … Actions and words reflect belief with a clear confidence that is not possible when belief is in doubt.

Jocko Willink & Leif Babin, Extreme Ownership – How US Navy Seals Lead and Win (2015)

A subversive work of art is not such because it engenders feelings – even feelings of revolt – but because it estranges its audience – in thought – from the assumed conditions of their being.

                                                                                        Walter Benjamin, ‘The Author as Producer’ (modified)

If you look into the abyss, then the abyss looks back into you

                                                                                                                      Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

One who leads his men into an ambush will never become a general …
The enemy with nothing to loose is the most dangerous of all.

                                                                                                                               Sun Tsu, The Art of War

 

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