No Alpha – No Omega ?


My Page of Thoughts: Regarding why does our life have Meaning and Value?
Chew on This…
Existence is Binary: That Basic / That Simple… And Possibly that Interesting…
(Space-Time are a Prime Example within Infinity and the Finite)

“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”
– J.B.S. Haldane

I wrote an article titled “It Only Takes One Thing” (Meaning the “Golden Rule”). I agree, but I would today have probably retitled it to say the “One Thing is Binary”. [1] “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” / Second Edition Chapter 15 (I will further explain in a moment.)

Critical Note: That most Physicists ignore facts and are clearly slothful in by-passing facts with such phases to define the beginning of time and space, by defining things as “infinitely tiny explosions”, (Big-Bang: if you will.) which could be twice as “infinitely tiny” and so on… Know one Knows… and yet we assume so much, with no real Knowledge…

Science and many Physicists abridge the necessary reality that we do not know what Infinity is…  This should be a shame on ignoring reality, by the most thoughtful group of minds in our universe…

And these physicists seem to believe that Space-Time are by-products of a Big-Bang or some other Anomaly, that created our isolated Big-Bang within the incomprehensible spans of infinity that extend far beyond our little big-bang. Some physicists loose language is certainly, a dodge, and disappointment, in lieu of facts – but if they would qualify their statements as questionable and loose-ended, they would do Science a much better service…

One simple question, where are the neutrinos, going outside of our so-called Big-Bang?

Here is my point somewhat expressed by Sir Isaac Newton, with my own rhetoric to follow:

“Suppose infinity has no external point, just as Isaac Newton supposed of space.” Well, that is the reality we live about, in, and of. To assert otherwise is to assert ignorance within its fullness of myopic glory! In the same way, it could be argued time has no external point, even though the future, some would argue, is the external point, as it has not happened. I seek to improve on that explanation in this brief explanation, as well as confirm the implicit union of space and time, which exists within the non-restrictive expression of infinity.

In other words, if you have space, you must have the time to reach the endless bounds of space, which equates time as a boundless nature without an external point, just as Isaac Newton pointed out about space.

Albeit an external point without an Alpha or Omega is impossible, to be accurate… As Infinities Impossibilities are Immutable…

Thus “Infinity” is the only True “Singularity” (for lack of a better word perhaps) in our Binary Existence, as it has no Alpha or Omega, No Size and All Size, No Time and All Time. Or one could say the pure nature of a “Superposition” (Two items existing at separate places and times but are One.) And yet even to call Infinity a Singularity, which is violated by both being based in “Space and Time”, also makes it Binary.

So, the question is: Is Binary existence the Singularity?

Certainly, accuracy in our Finite Expositions of Language – are a stopping point that contains us to our own Finite incomprehensible understanding of Existence. Without ever having an accurate term or qualification of “Infinity” or that it is a mathematical (physical) and even emotional, perhaps (Impossibility), given any standards that we can address in a Finite World, encompassed by Infinity.

Hence, space, time, and infinity are in super-union and never will disengage, save the fact that they both exist and do not exist by way of their omniscience. Refer to Chapter 31 “Everything is Nothing and Nothing is Everything  [2]

Existence/Infinity is an anomaly never to be defined.

To express a short poem:

There is no Time and All Time
There is no Space and All Space
There is Nothing and Everything
All at One Time and in One Space…

Binary Truth is the Basics for All Things…?

Whether you call math decimal, hexadecimal or octal, etcetera, these are only mathematical packets that all break down to O’s and 1’s in any Biological Electrical Grid (BAG: The Biological Electrical Grid (Life)), coupled with Communication, as without exception all modalities, such as our mechanical ASCII giving us the common day Computer Keyboard to Communicate, or micro-chips, they all speak a form of ASCII, whether IBM’s version or some other: (0,s and 1’s) at an initial level are TRUTH…

Communication at all dimensions, is binary at a basic beginning.

This is our most magnificent “Superposition” called Infinity and our equally confusing Finite Existence… born  of Infinities existence and Quantum Mechanics continuing riddles…

And again, I repeat to make a critical point: Critically Missed in Science Articles after Articles is the Reality, that our Big Bang or whatever took place is only One Big Bang of untold possible quadrillions of Big Bangs and other phenomena in the realm of space-time (Infinity). Important to note, that Infinity is endlessly far beyond our Big Bang, and what is in that Space-Time will forever be unknown to sentient minds of a Finite Existence. Therefore, I state that we are here and not here, or rather “Everything is Nothing and Nothing is Everything”… [2]

To Exist you must have a Binary Base. That is a conundrum for all ages, and will be for Infinity…

When or if you read that Essay “It Only Takes One Thing”, [1] which is expressed as the “Golden Rule”, you will find that I note only if it is underpinned with the Hippocratic Oath: “To Do No Harm”.

As you can easily realize some people may believe that Harm and Evil are good and appropriate behaviors: “Their Golden Rule” such as some cultures and religions that have raised people to be sacrificed to the Gods and burned to death, while preforming intercourse in the ultimate process. This is a factual part of cultures history, and many will find far worse examples… [To appease the so-called God’s]

This I consider, born of harm and horror, not of the “Golden Rule”, based on the binary appendage of the “Golden Rule to also “Do No Harm” of the Binary reality, the “Hippocratic Oath…”

If you read of human history and their secular and religious histories, you will find such atrocities, thought to be appropriate and proper. The Great Inquisition of the Catholics and Puritans, burning witches alive by the thousands. The horrors of Failed “Knowledge” and a “Religious Supplement” have been very extraordinary throughout history.

I of course disagree that any of this could be considered Good Behavior or have anything to do with the “Golden Rule”. As I know the growth of humanity throughout its longstanding ages have come to – know this to be true as well. Yet we still have women currently in parts of the world being circumcised to control them, and other horrible acts, such as current slavery – that are culturally condoned as pure and proper… This is pure atrocity and rituals based on both religious and secular propriety. “What a disgrace, that we in our contemporary world of enormous Political Power and Will are so distant from the leading of nations of the world – that have allowed this behavior to continue???

Any Nation or Culture that does not abide by the “Golden Rule”, with the foundation of “Doing No Harm”, should be eliminated, disbanded or incarcerated, to protect the concept of human decency…  End of Story…  And we are not doing it.  I ask anyone WHY?

Hence a binary union of the “Golden Rule” and “To do no Harm” is intrinsic as ONE. Never rely on any other ethic, if you are to be known for “Right” and “Goodness”.
Note: Mathematics knows this factual reality as well, as at a basic level all math breaks down to 0’s and 1’s, or Positive and Negative, and Up and Down, Right and Left, the list is continual and constant.

Certainly, we have other dimensions, possibly from String Theory, but all building blocks begin at the Binary [PERIOD].

Binary Math is the basis of all forms of mathematics that have arisen from this fact. Sir Isaac Newton, the greatest mathematician I can imagine, would know this to be true.
So, my point of this essay is to acknowledge that all things in Physics, are subject to this summation. Any position that denies this basic reality of our Infinite or Finite Worlds, is false… I say this with some degree of humility as a finite mind does not have all the answers to the Infinite realm, I must submit.  NOTE:  Additionally, we are also Digital, as well as Binary, as I have read such comparisons, but they are moot issues, as even a Circle at any size is a digital combination of (bits), at a micro level.  To argue such issues, certainly brings no benefit, or value…

But the logic seems more probable that otherwise…

When you consider “Entanglement”, “Superpositions”, Quantum Mechanics, you will drill down to this basic truth that we are a Binary Creation at our roots…

What that means, is the Biggest Question… I can surmise for Science and Knowledge to Examine.

It is of the greatest interest to me that we are both Binary and One, in all we are and do, at our most fundamental levels.

So, the Question for Physicists, is How does 2 equal 1 and still equal 2?

In the Finite World which also encompasses Quantum Mechanics to a point, as QM may be the bridge to the Infinite union with the Finite World, we can see that things, ideas, actions require 2 basics, such as the Golden Rule and the Hippocratic Oath, to equal Good Outcomes, to “Superposition’s” and “Entanglement’s”, among myriad  particle physics that even shapeshift. I believe neutrino’s and muon’s do this, if I am remembering correctly…

However, in the Infinite world which is incomprehensible, in size of space and time, we have space-time equally complementing one another, as you can not have one without the other.

In conclusion, all functional existence is Binary at a fundamental level, even within the potential true Singularity called Infinity.

Enjoy the Journey to unbiased Knowledge!

[1] Swimming in Cosmic Soup, (Second Edition) Chapter 15
[2] Swimming in Cosmic Soup,( Second Edition) Chapter 32: Everything is Nothing and Nothing is Everything

PS… This is my Junk Page of Thoughts, so their may be more to come as I ponder the impossible…  or some rhetoric to disappear…  As of yet I do not know?

My point I suppose in this exposition is to conclude that we can know much more with Science Advancements and unbiased knowledge, but we will never know the Big Picture.

So I profoundly question the Point of our Existence…  Daily…

(Life I can only suppose – is both a curse and a privilege…?)

To Be Kind Always – should be a Given… However !

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Dust to Dust


Dust to Dust
Through Hardship and Grandeur’s Plight

In the words of Joseph Campbell, the greatest of Historians and Mythologists, as well as a wise and beautiful person: To Quote:  “In the End – Nothing Matters”.

Dust to Dust, you must realize is our Physics Truth, beyond that is unknown. But any such denial only perpetuates evil and ignorance, not good or knowledge.

“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance…”
– Socrates

When we accept this premise of our inevitable and total demise and live solely in the moment then we work for goodness, otherwise only the opposite to a good or a god-like state of being will ever exist…

This is not a message of despair, but I see it as a message of glory and fortitude, to move the knowledge of our humanity forward, most likely through some vehicle of science our technology will prosper in the now and later – in our own ways and in own times and in multitudes of all times expanding futures…  But that is my Hope, not a known reality.  I would hope it need not be only our future, as Physics today describes: the changing of the guard and the inevitable erosion of life as we know of it, in Billions of years to come.
This is our home and our reality.  Not a candy-coated fable…

Change is all that is constant… Without Change we would be forever trapped in an infinite jail; therefore Life and Death of all things is essential for growth and freedom.

And despite the reality that our world and all its Majestic Glories, Landscapes and Values will someday pass away. Perhaps with our endeavors to do right and improve on knowledge, we may pass on to the next “Birth of Creation”, our knowledge, our hopefully ever improving humanity, and save the future from many of our current hardships and failures, as we hopefully advance as a more balanced and decent set of living race(s), and species. Inevitably, I hope and anticipate such a manifestation…

It is obvious, that we as Planet Earth, have evolved with great imbalance and likewise balance, through hardship and fortune. And our future is truly unwritten, but we have, beyond our disgraces to humanity, with the “Holocaust, and our past and even current Cultural Rituals that have disgraced this life of ours, which showed “Not to do Harm”, our Hippocratic Oath, is I believe through Leadership and Science moving forward, but regrettably far to slow…

With Great and Engaged Leaders, we will someday prevail, coupled with the grace of the bright side of Science. However, it is a Shame on us however, that World, Religious and Secular Leaders have taken more efforts and time to protect themselves than, engage with solidarity – for the masses – in this most essential of all human battles…

One of the worlds greatest enemies is that of “Group-Think” or equally the same “Political Correctness” of organizations that deny True Freedom of Thought, and wield their paltry intellectual powers for ignorance that results in evil, slothfulness of true honesty, and sadness, that creates ego’s dispositions as sacrosanct, manifesting wars – in the end, rather than understanding and unity… 

I cherish those that disavow this perversion of knowledge…

Russ Otter 2/2018

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Summary: What we are and What we Should Be…


As
I have said before, in replete and substantial prose, from my Second Edition of my book “Swimming in Cosmic Soup”: During our current human events we live in a world that is poisoned by Ideologues of all natures, religious, political, cultural – thus subsequently Evil…

We need a creed that addresses the values of “The Golden Rule”, underpinned by the Hippocratic Oath: “To Do No Harm”. Without which, we are a world adrift in philosophical mental quicksand, poisoning our lives and those of others, that bears no health, no fruit, no goodness… But only metastases Segregation, rather than Unity…
Anyone who disputes this is captured by Evil and perhaps Born of Evil, that tortures humanity, rather than improves and loves humanity…

What could be worse? NOTHING…

Any such Individual, Group Think Organization, or Philosophy that does not at the simplest of levels understand this clearly implicit TRUTH, is EVIL – and a Curse on Humanity in the deepest of all manners…

Therefore, if you think your Truth, Religion, Philosophy, or Culture is sacrosanct, outside of the guidelines of the “The Golden Rule”, which Does No Harm, you are a miss-guided and poor human-being, that is committed to Harm, not Goodness…

Please review your “Thinking”, and commit to “Goodness and Honesty” … As any perspective that is less, is wanting – and lives in wishful thinking and self-deception… As there are many facts that cannot be known, save by faith, which is not reality, yet we choose to sadly ignore this truth and be dishonest with ourselves.
Please find the Goodness in your Heart, rather than the will of an ideologue, that lacks common sense and honesty with one’s self.

This and Only This: will Change the World and Humanity for the Better, which should always be our goal…

Cheers to Everyone – Always,
Russ

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Partinsanship


Partisanship

I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution. —Robert Byrd

First, I would like you to know that I deplore and despise the labels of partisans. But out of our language bag of restrictions, we often relate to the easiest form of communication, which is to use labels to simply identify a complex concept or tag an individual or group with a two-bit, easy label.

This, I believe, separates us and ideas, rather than unifying and optimizing potentials. In the same way, President George Washington believed that if the union regressed into parties, we would be less inclined to work for the common good, rather than our own self-oriented ends.

I agree with President George Washington. He believed it would hurt the union, and I believe it has too.

So with that explanation of labels and my disdain for them, let me define them at the same time, I hope with the point to demonstrate that we are really best defined and served well when we work together, rather than as partisans.

A conservative, in a general sense, is someone who wants to live by traditions of the past, whether right or wrong, and will go to often unrealistic extremes or far-fetched thinking to achieve their principles, or premises—such as fallaciously suggesting that science cannot prove that the earth has only been here for six thousand years. Sometimes this is, at its very core, born from past cultural and/or religious belief systems, which were construed before we had empirical scientific proofs or some reasonable scientific assumptions. Therefore, the shamans, or spiritual leaders, of the tribes would invent knowledge, based on hope, whim, dreams, and some wisdom, out of a controlling power methodology.

A liberal is someone who is open to almost any form of behavior, sometimes without any evaluation of risk or moral-related bounds. Morals are a touchy issue, as morals should, for me, be solely based on the Golden Rule and to “do no harm” when at all possible. But some liberals exceed this concept with a vengeance, but no more than conservatives, and adhere to their thinking with an angry zeal, which nullifies their principles or premise of open thinking. Certainly on a personal level, many people behave in this manner. Just watch them. Ironically, ego-based foolery too often is demonstrated by both conservatives and liberals!

In both labeled systems, watch for the groupthink behavior or individual behavior fraught with the fervor that they display by way of attitude or constructed language that bankrupts their integrity. When individuals do not retain the tenets of the Golden Rule and to “do no harm,” observe the anger or even sometimes the depression and sociopathic listlessness driving their behaviors, which again, I repeat, demonstrates the folly and emptiness of the depth of their sincerity.

In conclusion, balance and common sense for both groups, I would argue, would bring them together, thus deposing their label-based myopic pedestals and reducing them as black-or-white label-made entities. Still, both so-called conservative and liberal labels do have some seminal values when viewed for selective merit. Certainly the traditions of history have taught us of our folly and improved us, just as forward thinking and openness too offer a view often ahead of their time. Most importantly, read between the lines and find the common ground—and evaluate behavior as equally as rhetoric.

Again, I personally deplore labels—hence my bias toward common sense or toward common ground and a belief that we can all work together without partisanship if we only give the subject matter being discussed its true due. For example, when I see our US Congress vote along party lines, we experience a complete and utter failure to witness integrity. All we are seeing is groupthink and a miscarriage of justice toward the truth, toward peace, toward love, and toward right and goodness.

When I witness such individual and groupthink behaviors, I am reminded of the word pernicious, which is one of the most eloquent words for the excesses that label-driven or partisan people demonstrate. Firmly the cant of hypocrisy is certainly on the move when partisanship is in play.

One final comment: Certainty it is obvious that we need labels to identify objects. Please grasp the gist of my theme here, as it is subject to the constraints of exposition afforded us via the limitations of language. I am speaking about the labels of partisans, not objects.

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Competion Versues Cooperation


What we will and can achieve Together is Far, Far Greater than what we will achieve Individually.

Cooperation is the victor of Competition, forever and a day…  But until we understand that competition is the short-lived victor of only a moments end, we will continue to sacrifice the long-term improved results and success that cooperation is only capable of delivering…

Perhaps one of the greatest athletic coaches of all time coupled with his brilliant words of his published book, as the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) Coach John Wooden once said: “It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”:

Once this is achieved in the course of human affairs and goals, we will exceed perhaps our own perceived impossibilities.  But until we accept the premise of working as allies, not adversaries our potentials, will be limited, constrained and ultimately wanting of the possibilities the world and the human race can fully achieve, from science and its humane improvements, too new economic and social freedoms, and the rights of human beings to contribute individually at the highest of levels by way of this use of new universal freedom and equality of life, limited only by the “Golden Rule and to Do No Harm to Humankind.”

Once this is understood and executed, we will go where no one has gone before and reach a level of humanity that someday will care for all living things, as we progress step by step toward our greatest of humanities.  At first, as it has always been, we will still test and experiment, with humanity on an often harmful and painful level of a species other than ourselves to find medical cures and answers to mysteries.  This is certainly at odds with our ultimate goal of caring for all living things, but it must be acknowledged that life exists today only by the death of others to feed others (whether by animal or plant), both of which show signs of harm when they are threatened or killed.  A Fact, that science, has proven and will someday possibly be able to abridge and dismiss humanely.

However, In the course of a sustained and a more humane life’s end result, we must begin this cruel journey together, against the best of our ultimate humane goals – as to do it without consensus and compassion, is a plight doomed to fail its full and ultimate potential.  And that failure is the limitation and ultimate extinction of the human race and the good we could possibly do, versus the inevitable contrary.

While competition drives the best in us individually, it is only through cooperation that we achieve the power and grace of humility and the absolute best of our collective lives holds for us…

I pine over this truth between competition and cooperation, but I also accept it, until I can be convinced otherwise.  As we as a collective are born to kill (to feed) to continue to live.  A truth, I find factually abhorrent but also factually honest, however with improved scientific knowledge we will be able to create the demise of this current truth, or at minimum diminish it.  And the Result, will be goodwill toward all, and for all time.  But this passage of change will be obtuse and confused in its evolutionary process.  An implicit trivial, that I find implicitly a fact I must resign myself too.  But non-the-less an ultimate and profound truth…

Again – Contributing and Working Together we win for All.  Individually, we only win for some.  The former should be our goal to achieve the best in us – and for all of us…

Russ Otter 10/5/2016

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Infinity and Reality (Oxymoron’s?)


Without Impossibilities there are no Possibilities…

Infinity is without linear space or time:
This is an anomaly to the finite world, as Infinity must be by definition.  It defies explanation to a finite sentient mind, but it is sensible and accurate under its own pure nature, in order to create an environment, that is no environment…

Simply how else would you have an endless existence, that has no beginning nor an end?  You cannot.

However, you can grasp this substantive reality that Infinity is a mere nonlinear moment in a momentand nothing beyond.

Clearly infinity has no Alpha or Omega (no environment that can be delineated by linear or non-linear definition), and as such – redacts itself to its nature as a “Superposition”, for a lack of a possible better expression.  Infinity is Both Here and Not Here at the same Time and in the same Space.

Any future research that ignores or moves beyond this circumspect absolute, is reaching into a hopeless effort for the good of nothing, or rather very little.

Infinity answers to no one… [PERIOD and FOREVER].   And Yet without its reality, the finite world would not exist, which does contain the realm of and Alpha and an Omega…

Infinity is a conundrum that possess, its own endless energy that will never die…

Therefore, continuous or Potential Energy is a Truth, not an abstract to be discounted, regardless of its implicit origins from the “Infinite realm”.  If we in the “Finite World” reach into the “Natural Energies, such as “Electrostatics”, “Magnetism”, “Gravity”, coupled with the dimensions of Motion, both linear and non-linear, we may capture a world yet unknown to us, and improve the world in manners un-believed before, by the common-denominator of communication via virtually free Energy…  THE GREAT EQUILIZER FOR HUMANITY…

With knowledge comes many possibilities…  But to rely on the shoulders of histories so-called physics absolutes via such as the concepts of “Thermodynamics”, without exploring further – divides and diminishes our potentials…

Warn your gray-matters against such diminishing returns that result from not thinking outside the box…

PS:  For further physics thoughts, please review a former Blog I posted: “Picture of Physics”.

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Leadership


Leadership

It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit. —John Wooden

Leadership ideally rallies all to the cause of itself. It breeds leaders and seeks leaders who are better than itself. It knows when to give and knows when to push. Discretion and judgment, not inflexible rules, are its wisest allies.

Leadership is the gray area I have spoken of where common sense and personal commitment to self-honesty and responsibility come into play. For example, imagine a business with union and management; you find both groups have rules to abide by. If you run a business solely operating by fixed rules—management vs. union—you have solid friction, butting heads with one another, without give-and-take. This is a formula for robots, not human beings. In the best of businesses, union and management both use these rules as guidelines, not as absolutes. Give-and-take would, therefore, be the standard, not the exception. Hence, they work together in a gray area, where frictions are decreased and people are enabled to do their best. The work rules may require a break period for a worker and restrict workers to X amount of daily work hours. However, workers may be involved in a project about which they have great pride and ownership of and have chosen to forgo their break time and put in extra hours at home or at work. In turn, management sees fit to let this union employee have more freedom and flextime to manage a personal issue or grant other liberties. These are mutually agreed-to choices that benefit everyone and produce greater quality of service, products, and very importantly, personal self-esteem. This kind of relationship uses rules as guidelines to protect against abuses, but does not rule by a fixed method of operating only based on the established rules. This eliminates unnecessary friction between groups and allows the intent, not the letter, of the rule as primary.

Rules are the least effective, poorest form of an education or teaching method. Rules are primarily needed to protect against abuses. Rules are too often used by educators, management professionals, or family leaders as the easiest way to deal with an event, question, or situation. They are used too many times to allow us to skate past the important work of analyzing the merits of a situation. I will reiterate that to be human is to use judgment, not to simply react as an amoeba would to fixed stimuli, but to respond with consideration for the context in which an event occurs. This ability to measure and judge is a human attribute and a high responsibility, which we sometimes will relegate to rule-based guidelines through laziness or ignorance.

The easiest and poorest method of teaching anyone anything is to defer to rules, rather than take the time to actually evaluate and communicate intelligently—hence, teach.

The common cry when fixed rules are not followed by people who operate by using more common sense and individual reward/merit diversity with different people is the hue and cry that this is not equal treatment; it is favoritism, or it is even too productive and keeps other workers from finding work. These arguments are primarily sour grapes, and based more on envy and a poor understanding of how good working environments and teamwork are actually created.

Working with people through give-and-take, through measured responsibility and reward, is good for everyone, for overall morale and trust in any working environment. Just review the businesses that operate in this manner versus the businesses that operate based on friction through black-and-white operating conditions. The latter businesses are cold and wasteful and restrain the creative abilities of individuals. If any individual wants to contribute additional effort, then equal guidelines need to be applied.

Allowing freedom to workers is the ultimate equality.

This is also true in families with children, where guidelines for behavior are drawn. If you have one child who is exceptionally responsible and demonstrates great trust and worthiness, you can afford to bend the curfew and grant other little freedoms; however, if your other child is less trustworthy and pushes the limits consistently, you would not afford him or her any additional freedoms.

Equality means you treat people the same based on their behavior, not based on the guidelines for behavior. Those guidelines/rules will be used when you have abuses; then you enforce them with absolute commitment. But when responsibility begins to develop in someone, you move away from the use of fixed rules toward trust and common sense. This is the intangible medium of human potential that transcends mere rule-based methods of communication and actions.

This again is the essence of equality and fair treatment. You treat people the same by treating them differently, based on circumstance and/or behavior.

Do not expect the politically correct, or a bureaucrat, to have any understanding of any of this. They, by definition, do not respect values per se or common sense; they only respect control and condone actions, thoughtless or not, imposed on those who violate a particular set of written words (rules). Weak or artificial leadership simplistically respects operating from a point of high friction, operating from absolutes; as such, weak or artificial leaders are often demonstrated through zealot forms of behavior. They do not operate with common sense, as common sense implies following the intent of a law or rule, not always the letter of the law. Such reason would blur their fixed judgments and dismantle the self-righteous support pedestals that their identities are built upon. They do not understand the gray areas of communication, the merging of diverse views and opposite points of view to enable improved results. Such are the politically correct people who, on paper, appear to be social and corporate saints, but they are the first people who must be removed from positions of authority if optimized results and successes are to be realized.

Jack Welch, General Electric’s former CEO and business author, has spoken of four types of workers: (1) the ones who make numbers and are part of the corporate culture, (2) those who make numbers but do not marry into the corporate culture, (3) those who do not meet numbers but meld well with the corporate culture, and (4) those who do not meet numbers and do not meet up with the culture. Number four types are easy to get rid of or remove from a business; number two types are critical to get rid of, but take the greatest effort and courage to do so. Number three types are good people and good people can always be turned around to make the numbers; but group number two, the people who make numbers, cannot always be made into good people.

This is what I believe Jack Welsh would argue. Jack Welsh is a true leader in the corporate world, which I would say only a handful of CEOs could lay true claim to. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Airlines, is another gentleman who is a true leader and a success in a brutally tough industry. He has spoken of not always hiring experts, but rather of hiring good people. Again, good people can become experts, but experts cannot necessarily become good people. This, in my view, echoes much of what Jack Welsh says.

I would add another corporate true hero of mine to the list of great CEOs: Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Please read his book NUTS. Herb breaks the rules, trusts people—and wins. He is not what I would ever call politically correct; rather, he is genuine—a very rare commodity in this age. He is an icon and role model for all business leaders.

Another book that captures the essence of equality through different treatment based on behaviors as it outlines how to be a smart and effective manager is Ken Blanchard’s The One Minute Manager. If you have not read that book, it is a great read. It is concise, capturing the essence of how to evaluate situations while teaming with and managing various types of people.

Finally, one of the greatest business leaders of our modern times is W. Edwards Deming, whose iconoclastic methods did not simply change a corporation, but changed a nation, Japan, into the quality center of the globe. In my view, Deming mirrored an understanding shared by John Wooden, the greatest coach in UCLA basketball history and a brilliant author, who believed in how amazing results can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.

Dr. Deming was a world-class statistician, who was ironically fond of saying that “He that starts with statistical methods alone will not be here in three years as a business.” His approach would also apply to athletics or any enterprise, as it is attitude and character that make a leader and a winner. Dr. Deming, like John Wooden and other unrivaled leaders, is intelligence and integrity personified, and they all stand out from the crowd. I would recommend any one of several books written about Dr. Deming, as he is an example of a consummate leader, not bound by conventional business practices. Dr. Deming honored the value of human beings by his lifelong commitment to excellence through a marriage of common-sense judgments and science. Dr. Deming’s leadership methods led major businesses and the Wall Streets of the world, rather than being led by them and their conventional shortsighted quarterly analysts. Dr. Deming was the Einstein of business success, who certainly was not an unsung icon, but did not reach the sustained acclaim I believe he deserved. Frankly, he was flatly rejected by too many for some of his seemingly more unorthodox approaches to working with people, which were essential to his successful management formulas for business.

Other business leaders today, such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, are role models for common sense and demonstrate a caring for humanity that is lacking in our general business leadership today.

Great leaders with strong leadership qualities run short in this world, so be wisely skeptical and wary of charlatans, even though many of them are generally good people. I have found even the good folks are caught up in being first and foremost out for themselves. Then there are others who are simply not good people and are disguised in sheep’s clothes. Their lip service is world-class. I also call them politically correct weasels. Foremost for leadership, measure all things against your standards, your ethics of high principles, and trust yourself first. Have character. By that I do not mean to demonstrate irreverence or disrespect for other people, but respectfully attempt to avoid being led by conventionalists and mere mediocrity. Find a way to influence and lead by example, an example that builds on cooperation rather than competition.

Let me try to capture this in brief poetic verse:

Truth is found between the lines, in the middle, where grays and paradox abound. It is found in give-and-take, through common sense—the law of shades. The engagement of truth is to be moral, rather than conventional, as egos can only scream in silence here.

For it is easier to be emotional, indignant, and anchored to the black or white than do the math. Truth’s equations do dismantle aristocrats’ might. Truth forever will scoundrels and ignoramuses frankly frighten.

Value your inner voice and find it, clarify it, use it. Your integrity requires it. The current state of the world can use you. Ignore the cries from the colorful demagogues, those who exploit and portray half-truths as facts to garner attention and promote self-serving agendas. In contrast to the demagogues, a true-hearted person lives in the middle, not in the extremes; is described and defined in character, not in cause; and is actually the person living in the peacemaker’s seat, without grandiose identity—but with something more than flash and pomp. That person has honor, not medals; has kindness, not sentiment; has a respect for truth, not for agendas; and has a love for what is truly right, not for what is technically right. That is leadership.

If you find your inner voice, either quiet or overt, you will not become a politically correct nuisance to the world, creating volumes of unnecessary one-sided noise. You will become a much truer, more honest voice of diversity, merging the sounds and feelings of everyone through your voice, by your actions, in your symphony of thoughts, in your music that is intrinsic and somewhere in all of us.

That search for the common denominator—the common truth that resonates in us all—will never be found in the black-and-white sides of an issue or an organization, but in the middle, in the grays, between the lines, in the dance that brings us together. In that dance, both the magic and discipline of authentic ideals are born.

True effective leaders know this. They understand the dance: leadership is a melding of differences into one objective, and to accomplish that takes intelligence, which is sometimes reticent, sometimes overt, and sometimes a combination of both. You need to be straight and to know when to bend. The best of leadership is a combination of skills. But first and always foremost, it is built from a true individual, not a conventionalist. In other words, character counts. Integrity is essential. It is important to attract genuine respect from others. That respect translates into a bond and a trust that is essential and unmistakable. Think of the few who you can count on your hand who engender such respect and trust.

It is far too few.

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