The child you never had …

A friend asked me to write something to confront the negativity in our culture to not having children whether intentionally or otherwise. This is the result. It is just one small window on a vast and complex issue – life.

The child you never had ... Kerry Cue

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Quote about Failure

Teachers and parents talk about building resilience in children. What is it about the nature of failure that holds us captive in its misery? Maybe this quote fails as a quote. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts.

Kerry Cue Failure Quote

Kill that Metaphor

Stairs in the sky.

Political slogans that harness the power of metaphors  can manipulate us emotionally without actually delivering a single workable policy.

That ‘ladder of opportunity’ doesn’t go anywhere, but you cannot argue with a metaphor. They do not exist in the real world.

Here are some campaign classics:

1992 Bill Clinton: Putting People First (What did previous governments do? Put gophers first.)

1996 Bill Clinton: Building a Bridge to the 21st Century (A bridge to a different century!)

2012 Barrack Obama: Forward (NO! I wanna vote for the party that can turn back time.)

 Vagueness Award:

1976 Jimmy Carter: Not Just Peanuts.

1996 Tony Blair: The Third Way (So, ah, let’s try Plan C this time.)

2001 John Howard: Keeping Australia in Safe Hands (Sounds ticklish to me)

2007 John Howard: Go for Growth (Or, ah, would you rather Go for Shrinkage?)

Only a new metaphor can kill off the old one. The metaphor I want to kill contributed to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis namely:

.…………………………………………………………………peanut

quote 1

If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

quote 2

…………………………………………………………….peanut

This is propaganda put out by the monkeys to get more peanuts. If the monkeys in the financial sector were worth their peanuts, there wouldn’t have been a Global Financial Crisis. For many of these monkeys, grabbing their up-sized share of the peanuts was their only concern.

We need a new metaphor to kill the idea that the ‘peanuts’ are the only measure of a good manager. How about this?

…………………………………………………………………coin

 quote 1

If you pay a King’s Ransom, you just get thieves.

quote 2

……………………………………………………………..coin