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5 Responses to “Hall of Mirrors”

  1. Gerard says:

    The list of how left and right see things differntly was very helpful.

    Looking forward to next week.

  2. Brody Bond says:

    2 questions:

    1) What is a principle if not a description of a pattern? I don’t clearly see the distinction between principles and patterns – as they both seem to be abstractions.

    2) Purpose ought to be at the center of a healthy business. How does that purpose not get “reduced to an idea or abstraction.” Are you advocating that a purpose ought to be communicated in literally a visual image instead of something verbal? Practically, how does someone express their purpose?

    Thanks, Mike.

  3. steve says:

    in the beginning was the Word.

  4. John Chaffin says:

    Interesting. I have had a difficult time getting my mind around this recent series you have been doing. I went from this blog to an e-mail from Manahatten Declaration which referred to “Symbols Matter”. As I went to the “Symbols Matter” page, I thought,”Perhaps this is an illustration of what Mike is talking about.
    Here is part of the “Symbols matter”:

    Josiah Wedgwood was an English potter and entrepreneur who applied his gifts to the promotion of the abolitionist movement. His medallion depicting a slave kneeling in chains asking, “Am I not a man and a brother?” would become the defining image of a campaign that forever changed the world. Benjamin Franklin summed up the significance of the logo in suggesting it was “equal to that of the best written pamphlet.”
    Wedgwood’s medallion cut through the rhetoric to the truth at the center of the abolitionist cause. It also provided an identifier. By displaying the logo one became publicly affiliated with the movement. As the movement grew, the ubiquity of the medallion provided a sense of inevitability. The culture shifted, and afterwards, William Wilberforce and his companions in the legislature successfully changed the nation’s laws.”

  5. Mike Metzger says:


    Yes, the Wedgwood medallion is a good example.

    I would also refer you to a past column that discusses the limits of reason as a way to change minds:

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