In September 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States. During a press conference, he was asked (and I paraphrase): In all the years you served under Stalin, why did you never question his methods? Outraged by the question, Khrushchev launched into a fearsome tirade on the impertinence of the Western press, the lack of respect shown to a leader of his stature and the ignorance of Western journalists. As he spoke, he worked himself up into such a lather that there were fears not only for his health but also for the viability of the remainder of the trip. At which point he roared: Any more impertinences!!? The room fell deadly silent. Suddenly, his face creased into a smile, he turned to his questioner and, in the most genial tones imaginable, said: I hope that answers your question. The point?Read More
Throughout all of human history, the alpha male – the leader of the pack, the go-getter, the high achiever - has been in charge. His rule – characterized by aggression, violence, intimidation, greed and exploitation – has been absolute. The result? A world riven by war, social inequity, oppression and fear. So entrenched was (is) this régime, that we have come to regard these aspects of our social structure as inescapable sequelae of ‘human nature’. Until now. With the advent of #metoo - courtesy of the enormous courage shown by certain women throughout the world. Now it ‘s time for men to step up to the plate – to say at last, in a loud, clear voice: Me Neither.