“Culture is the expression of existence.” – Michael Kelly, 2001 “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country’s spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru, freedom fighter and the first Prime… Read more“Culture: A few definitions”
November 11, 2018 I remember my short stint as a legion bartender in the early 1970s. The bar regularly filled with the kind of ardent characters you’d find in novels. Their horrifying storylines went back to the slaughters of the Great War, through the butcheries of the 40s, and on… Read more“Never Again”
The opposite of religious faith, as a diversity of sacerdotal honourifics would have us believe, is found in expressions of apostasy. This is simply not true. The opposite of faith is the engaging realization of new possibilities, a kind of faith in itself, the liberating and joyful awakening of wonder…. Read more“Faith”
Helping Supervisors1 Diffuse Potentially Difficult Situations by Michael Kelly, MA Forget for the moment your social circle, your cultural group, your corporate affiliation, your nation state. At the very least, every person needs to know they belong on this planet. Michael Kelly, 2011 One of the less remembered… Read more“Acknowledgment Statements”
… targets of abuse can themselves play significant roles in shaping the terrain of conflict and thus lessen their vulnerability through creative, intelligent, and supple reactions.1 The Scene Let’s pick an occupation. It can be anything,2 but here we’ll say you work at the front desk of a medical clinic. In… Read more“Staying Calm”
I’ll always remember the first day of my first real job.1 It started on April 28, 1974 with a morning alarm playing the flapamba intro to Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” I got up, got dressed, met my brother, ate, then boarded a special “worker” bus which took… Read more“Work Saga 2 – Employees”
For some reason it is important for aggressive people to expose the mistakes of others and to hold these as evidence of character flaws. For them conflict is good and a victory happens when they are able to leave someone worse off than they found them.
When I was about eight-years-old my grandfather took my brother and I on board a grain ship. The boat was a monster and my grandfather a titan, able to control the mighty beast through his efforts, and through his ability to generate effort in others. He was a supervisor. Armed… Read more“Work Saga 1 – Workers”
When I think of the Nova Scotian soldier who in 2017 killed his entire family, then himself, I’m reminded that if governments, religions, corporations and other similar, abstract, mythical entities are to create any kind of moral meaning for their members, they ought to look first to the consequences of their… Read more“Peace Instead”
Truly humble people reserve their bragging for the authors of obituaries.