06 Feb '11, 2am

“Hard Truths”: an exercise in futility?: This post was mentioned on Twitter by Singapore News, edvarcl. edvarcl

“Hard Truths”: an exercise in futility?: This post was mentioned on Twitter by Singapore News, edvarcl. edvarcl

In “Hard Truths”, we see how MM perceives the world: one wrong step (say Opposition wins one more vote) and it’s downhill on the steepest of a slippery slope. Everything is fragile and if there is no control, something will go wrong. This attitude reminds me of the tragedy of the life of Sigemund Warburg. Sigemund Warburg, another control freak and visionary genius, was described thus: “He walks through life like a character in a Greek tragedy, forever expecting the worst to happen, the last man in the dead centre of a hurricane, continually amazed that he is still alive. The frightful sound of the Erinyes [ancient Greek personifications of Fate] is always in his inner ear — especially when all goes well. That, he feels is the moment when one must watch out for the danger signs. “ And who are we to say that congenial pessimists like MM and Sigemund Warburg are wrong? Thirt...

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