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dimanche, septembre 22, 2013

Amar Bose : Portrait of a curious genius

Check out the great profile of Amar Bose life, the man behind the Bose Corporation. I've been meaning to post the link of this article featured on Popular Science website on Amar Bose, the genius mind behind the eponymous audio system brand.  

"The future," Bose [- a renowned MIT professor -] famously told his students, "isn't in solving the problems to which we already know the answers. It's in learning how to work through the problems you'll experience in life, in any subject."

"The value of Amar Bose isn't so much in the things he has invented, but in the sense of possibility he inspires. Even the company's consumer slogan—BETTER SOUND THROUGH RESEARCH—appears on the trucks only, Veranth says, "because trucks can be repainted." In the lobby of Bose headquarters, set in stone, is a broader slogan: BETTER PRODUCTS THROUGH RESEARCH."

Bose reminds us that we could all afford to be much more skyward-looking, far-fetched and curious, and that we could all believe more strongly in our own potential to create.

vendredi, août 23, 2013

Good Habits versus Bad ones

"An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones."

W. Somerset Maugham

jeudi, mars 14, 2013

Tout va bien...

Tout va bien...

La mort n'est rien en soi... Je suis seulement allé dormir dans la pièce à côté. 

Je suis moi et vous êtes vous... Quel que soit le lien qui ait pu nous unir, il est toujours le même.
Appelez-moi par mon surnom, parlez-moi le plus naturellement comme vous l'avez toujours fait. Ne changez pas de ton. N'y mettez aucune solennité ni tristesse. Riez aux petites plaisanteries que nous aimions tant nous faire.
Jouez, souriez, pensez à moi.
Que mon nom soit utilisé de la façon la plus naturelle comme il l'a toujours été. Qu'il soit prononcé sans effort, sans le moindre ombrage.
La vie signifie tout ce qu'elle a toujours signifié. Elle est toujours celle qu'elle a toujours été.
Pourquoi devrais-je sortir de votre esprit, parce que je ne suis plus là?
Moi, je vous attends, pour quelque temps, quelque part tout près, juste au coin de la rue... 
Tout va bien.

d'après Henri Scott Holland (1847-1918) 

tant d'années déjà et l'absence toujours aussi cruelle...

jeudi, février 14, 2013

Lincoln's Constitutional Leadership

Must a government, of necessity,” he asked, “be too strong for the liberties of its own people or too weak to maintain its own existence?”  Abraham Lincoln (1).

"Political genius" or "aspiring tyrant" ? Understanding the political legacy of Abraham Lincoln and his life's work has posed throughout the years a great challenge to many.  Scholars have described as an exemplary leader, a symbol of moral grandeur and heroism during times of hardship for the United States. Describing Lincoln as a complex mind and leader is an understatement.

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) political leadership is back on the limelight. The philosophy of the 16th president of the United States has long been the subject of public scrutiny, interest in his legacy has never waned, even more recently thanks to the Academy's award nominated movie by Steven Spielberg, in which Daniel Day-Lewis offers us a stunning performance playing a Civil War time president, battling in the political field to pass the thirteen amendment regarding slavery abolition.

Yale political science professor Stephen B. Smith (2), presents the principles of constitutional government according to Lincoln, in a New York Times' article, poses the question 
What Sort of Leader Was Lincoln?

In essence one could summarize A. Lincoln views as:
  • The principles are opposed to that of majority rule.
  • constitutions are made :
    • to restrain power whether it is 
      • power of a king (It is a device that helps to prevent the boundless field of absolutism) or 
      • power of popular majority (its vote doesn't confer the absolute power to do what it wanted)
    • to avoid a descent to anarchy by means of the aforementioned power of popular majority.
  • Individual consent forms the essence of constitutional government.
  •  Secession impedes the operations of a free elected government
  • A government should carry on its constitutional duties regardless of political motives or opportunities
"To his infinite credit, Lincoln realized that free elections should not, even in principle, be sacrificed even if the cost might be the end of constitutional government. For constitutional leadership, the ends do not justify the means. Constitutional leadership is necessarily limited or bounded leadership. It is in this possibility of a leader operating within the limits of constitutional restraint that the hope of our republic rests."

(1) : Abraham Lincoln's Special Message to Congress of July 4, 1861.
(2): Stephen B. Smith article on Lincoln's constitutional leadership.
(3): images sources:  lincoln and constitution