Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership Issue No One Wants to Talk About

Because we want to believe, on some very romantic level, that leaders are born. That they’re superhuman. That they’re cut from special cloth, that they’ve descended from Mount Olympus to help all of us. We want to believe that because it gets us excited about signing up to work with them. It kindles our hope that people with power have a sense of great responsibility and have answers that we don’t see.

→ Harvard Business Review

The World’s Worst War

Its soil is so productive that a trip through the countryside, past all the banana, orange, papaya, guava and mango trees virtually scraping the windshield, is like driving through a fruit salad. But without any functioning infrastructure, all this agricultural potential is moot.

→ The New York Times

Thinking the Unthinkable

No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”

→ The Anarchist Soccer Mom