What Must We Do in Scoundrel Times?

For some reason the Mitt Romney campaigns reminds me of the tension between two pieces of advice which I can quite get out of my head:

‘In scoundrel times good men cultivate their gardens’ 

Which I think is from the Roman Stoics but cannot find an attribution


‘All that is required for evil to prevail is that good men do nothing’

Edmund Burke 1729-1797) conservative

Romney comes close to epitomizing Hannah Arendt’s the banality of evil. It is not that I think he intends evil like Shakespeare’s Iago. It is just that a boatload of evil will be the consequence of his winning the election because he represents a party delusional in its failure to grasp economic, scientific or any other sort of reality and determined to act on its delusions.

Yet I so want to cultivate my garden….


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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