Leadership Development

Cultural Challenges

Looking for Truth in Leadership

One often overlooked leadership skill is to understand the environment or the culture a leader lives in.  In acknowledging the many political and cultural environments that exist, a leader not only “connects” with other people but helps to truly lead others to right...

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Of Mice and Men Without Chests

The Scouting Report:

1. In case you are not familiar with Of Mice and Men the story concludes with an act that has been described as “mercy killing.” One of the main characters, Lennie, a mentally disabled man who is like a big, clumsy, guileless teddy bear unaware of his own physical strength, accidentally breaks the neck of a young woman.

2. In a classic passage from The Abolition of Man, Lewis elaborates on this point:
“And all the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible… In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” -CS Lewis

3. That much of today’s scholastic literature fits in nicely with “progressive” ideology is no coincidence. C.S. Lewis was not concerned with the intention of the authors he was critiquing “but with the effect their book will certainly have on the schoolboy’s mind.” Perhaps 1944—the year Abolition of Man was published—marked the beginning of a dangerous trend he was able to foresee; a trend that would gradually chip away at the moral conviction in our souls, thereby opening the door to moral relativism.

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