Quotes and Observations

“Human societies work when there is discourse, civil debate, constructive criticism. They fracture when there is arrogance — which means having all the answers, not wanting to even hear other possibilities, and offering simplistic solutions to very complex issues” Patrick Jackson, 1995

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“Relationships are bottom-line, not profits. Employees are the organization, not management. One flows from the other.” Pat Jackson, date unknown

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“To demonstrate the difference between power leaders and opinion leaders, quote the Irving Berlin Army song, ‘Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning’ — especially the second stanza lines about “the other pup that wakes the bugler up.” Pat Jackson ’97

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“Will the internet complete what the automobile began — i.e. the total isolation of the human person? One does not have to be a Luddite to wonder seriously whether “progress” — which, never forget, is almost entirely mechanical material & economic, rarely spiritual or humanistic — is mankind’s friend or foe.

Consider the results today: loss of community, loss of civil discourse, the inability of people to disagree without becoming extremely disagreeable. The breakdown of family units, of clubs & organizations, the meeting places where ideas are debated & social, political & economic decisions made — at the grass roots, where all can participate (as opposed to the old way, where few decide).

One might sum it up by equating it with the loss of respect for others because we spend too little time truly interacting with, intermingling our thoughts & feelings with, sharing sole-time & the spiritual side of life with other humans. We lock it all in, the world consists of “just me”.

We must remember that loss of respect for others equates to loss of self-respect, as all our philosophers from Plate to Emerson have tried to teach us.” Pat Jackson, Nov. 1996

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“Human societies work when there is discourse, civil debate, constructive criticism. They fracture when there is arrogance — which means having all the answers, not wanting to even hear other possibilities, & offering simplistic solutions to very complex issues.” in response to an article on Rush Limbaugh in the Globe and Mail’s Broadcast Week magazine, May, 26, 1995.

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