I pretty much tore into the late Peter Drucker a couple of weeks ago for his description of, as I see it, you and me as "mediocrities," even "idiots." (Perhaps not you, but I know for a fact he thought of me as a charlatan-idiot. Well, I didn't think much of him either—so fair is fair.) (I participated in a Drucker tribute a few weeks after his death, appearing with several grandees. I was supposed to open with 5 minutes of laudatory remarks; me, essentially "never at a loss for words." I've seldom worked so hard on a thing—but in the end I couldn't pull it off, couldn't make it work—so I demurred. I did remain as a for once quiet participant—and did murmur a few supportive words—which, concerning constrained subjects, were genuine. Not gonna make the Highlights Tape.)
For me, as you know, the answer to everything is ... another PowerPoint. (Hmmmm ... maybe I am an idiot.)
The poet (my favorite) Mary Oliver said: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Picasso said: "Every child is born an artist. The trick is to remain an artist."
I'm hardly he-who-wears-rose-colored-glasses. Yet I do have a rather exalted view of human potential—daily headlines on human barbarism notwithstanding. Attached you'll find the Special PowerPoint Presentation: "Peter & Mary on Their Fellow Humans."
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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