The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.— Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936
A lion does not concern itself with the opinions of the lamb.— Tywin Lannister
Bran – "Can a man still be brave when he's afraid?" Eddard – "That's the only time a man can be brave."— Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell
Entrepreneurs have control when things work, VCs have control when they don't.— Fred Wilson, AVC.com
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This is a breathtaking tilt shift of the Carnaval party (the most famous holiday in Brazil; an event of huge proportions) in Rio de Janeiro. Before the party begins, you’re taken on a tour of the beautiful, City of Samba, in HD.
Difference between how a person treats the powerless versus the powerful is as good a measure of human character as I know.— Bob Sutton [author, The No Asshole Rule]
Gutter Run: Remy Ong vs Dog
National Bowler Remy Ong made news when he was involved in a traffic accident, fatally wounding a pregnant dog. Witnesses said he made the hit-and-run with an impact that left his number plate at the scene of the crime. People at the scene attended to the dog but the pooch faded away 20 minutes into her suffering. One of the witness posted the photo on Facebook where it went viral. I believe escalated failures (on Remy’s part) led to the furore online.
- Failure to keep a proper lookout while handling his Porsche when he claimed to be going at 40 km/h.
- Failure to stop, check and remedy upon hitting the canine, instead, carrying on irresponsibly.
- Failure to establish good faith when he returned an unbelievable, garbled account, challenged by witnesses and the evidence of his fallen plate.
Some people have an opinion that it is just a dog, and that just like other roadkill, it is common, and the anger is disproportionate. They’ve missed the point. People aren’t just furious because it’s a dog, especially a pregnant one. What stoked the flames is the unkind way we treat lesser beings, or subjects that offer us no value. Especially coming from our ‘heroes’. Because how we treat others exhibit our inner character, and moral substance. In this revelation, there was disappointment and disgust, in what was possibly perceived as “the callous attitude of an elite”; a fall from grace. To contrast, it is the weight of his character that makes Linsanity so attractive, beyond his brilliant sportsmanship, he represents an ideal, one of humility and graciousness. The opposite naturally invites antipathy, and unfortunately it took the lives of something very helpless to illuminate this.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Gandhi
Leave the torches and pitchforks, bring compassion.