Risk Rap

Rapping About a World at Risk

We Must Disenthrall Ourselves

lincoln-collage1The wisdom resonating from this voice that now belongs to the ages still begs his countrymen to heed it. Lincoln’s admonition that his countrymen must disenthrall themselves to meet the momentous challenges of the time continues to speak to the dire condition of our nation today. Lincoln asks us to let go of our intransigence and the tired dogmas that we cling too. In a world rife with uncertainty and risk, surrounding us in a whirling maelstrom of existential dread, emotional responses to pressing problems born from fear of a perceived pending doom is insufficient and dangerous. We must mount a constructive response of considered actions to safely land our ship of state in a safe harbor. It is our pathway to becoming whole once again.

The great national hero Captain Sully was successful because he refused to succumb to the quickly deteriorating conditions that were enveloping him and the plane. He disenthralled himself from the emotional distraction of pending doom. He kept the wings level, his nose up and maintained the right speed. Captain Sully landed the plane in the most trying circumstances and became an example of how we must respond get through our national crisis.

Our politicians in Washington can learn much by heeding Mr. Lincoln’s words and studying Captain Sully’s actions. Our elected officials are enthralled with the righteousness of their ideals; contributing to a dreary deadlock of legislative stasis and partisan intractability. Politicians got to get over themselves and begin to serve their largest constituency and not their largest contributors.

Large corporations need to become disenthralled of their self perceived cleverness. Many believe that major investments in applied intelligence create a culture of insularity that hedges all risks and protects every business move. This allows corporate executives to hide behind a wall of opaqueness. They buy the best and brightest minds from our esteemed business schools convinced that this treasure of intellectual capital will protect them. They believe the digital blips of risk models to be sparkling Rosetta Stones containing the secrets that unlock the mysteries of effective risk management. The codified results of these algorithmic exercises are revered as holy Dead Sea Scrolls that offers the protection of an supernatural mojo. This is the thinking of a bankrupt brain trust.

As citizens of the worlds greatest military power we must disenthrall ourselves from the conviction that the powers of our armies, superior technologies and well stocked arsenals is our country’s surest way to protect our beloved country. The power of an enlightened citizenry educated in a vibrant public school system is the bulwark of a democratic republic and its surest defense. Our enlightenment will be a lamp to those who value liberty; as will our practice to extend the hand of peace to all nations through considered diplomacy and an honest search for shared interests.

As a people we must disenthrall ourselves from the petty preoccupations, dogmas and prejudices that consume our time and attention. I believe too many of my countrymen are more impassioned about A Rods admission of steroid use then they are about the substances that control and dictate our behaviors and beliefs and the ever present and growing dangers to our democratic way of life.

We’ll end with the words from the great man himself.

Happy birthday President Lincoln.

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

You Tube Video: George Harrison, Beware of Darkness

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February 16, 2009 Posted by | Civil Rights, culture, gay rights, philosophy, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Awkward Juxtapositions

Narcissus Falls in Love

Narcissus Falls in Love

We are committed to a blog entry every day. It’s a tough assignment trying to fit it in with everything else that is necessary to sustain our business and our lives but we think it important. Like Narcissus we too have fallen in love with our own reflections.

We do believe that consistency is its own reward and that the joy is truly in the journey. We are blessed to have come to the realization that the process of blogging helps us to understand and discover ourselves as much as it helps you understand and discover us. In this journey of discovery we hope we don’t scare you away.

That brings us back to the purpose of this blog, Risk Rap. Our goal to examine risk and its impact on our culture and lives presents a broad enough pallet that pretty much gives us carte blanche to opine on all matters concerning politics, economics, arts, religion and social issues.

The good news is that we can do whatever we want. The bad news is we can do whatever we want. Herein lays our risk tale for today. Before each entry I feel compelled to offer a warning to readers that this blog has a secret agenda. That agenda is to support the narrow commercial interests, marketing strategy and the facilitation of transactions in the products of our company, Sum2.

Yes there was a Sum1 (isn’t there always a someone?). So we must ask ourselves, what does the Pope, The Rice Crisis, the Iraq War, Hank Paulson and the banking crisis have to do with the promotion of our products and our new e-commerce platform?

Clearly these macro risk factors impact the broad commercial interests of our clients and our potential clients. But the interconnection of commerce, politics, culture and religion more often creates awkward juxtapositions that are alien to the common language of commercial promotion and product marketing. Sadly we are at risk of erecting barriers to our goal of effecting commercial transactions. This alone produces some interesting psycho graphic clues about the author of this blog. Perhaps we should offer a warning to ourselves.

We’ll continue to do the math and try to offer measured sober assessments of our world at risk and how we can offer solutions to temper the potentially negative aspects of risk while enhancing the positive results and benefits of taking calculated risks. That is what Risk Rap is all about.

We’ll remain hopeful that readers will recognize the role our products play in helping them assess risk in their world while we continue to assess and weigh the power of the pen with the restraint of the pen and tongue to support our narrow commercial interests.

You Tube Music Video: Ella Fitzgerald, A Tisket A Tasket


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February 16, 2009 Posted by | commerce, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment