Ozymandias: King of Kings: Conflict Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Watching the antics of Rupert Murdoch before the British Parliamentary enquiry into his empire, the role of the Koch Brothers and the Super Pacs in US Politics, and the sheer collective incompetence of the conservative elites, who run much of the world political system and its economy, I am reminded of Shelley’s poem Ozymandias:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Bysshe_Shelley

File:Percy Bysshe Shelley by Alfred Clint.jpg

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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