It is Interesting that whilst Churchill's greatness is now obvious for all of us to appreciate. However, throughout his career he was viewed by many of those around him with great mistrust. This especially when he took the reins of power in the great crisis of the summer of 1940 when all around him wanted to surrender. Instead of surcombing to the majority's wishes, he chose to follow his significant intellect and strategic judgement, even in the face of all those around him resisting him.
I should first declare my hand when I say that my first son is called Winston (certainly not after a drug dealer in the Caribbean!) and my second Horatio. Whilst I would consider Horatio Nelson to be one of the greatest heroes of the British Empire, Winston Churchill was so much more and for me he was the greatest hero of the Western world.
In order to understand more thoroughly Nelson Mandela’s magnificent achievements, one has to appreciate the geopolitical context of his life and to do that it is necessary to look at South Africa’s history and its phase on the empire cycle. From the time of its independence SA started its regional process and its population expanded unevenly with the black population growing faster than the white population, exacerbating the latter’s minority position.
Leadership should be viewed as service.
One of the key elements in resolving safely the crisis of the western world and ultimately moving towards a Sentient World is the concept of how power is wielded by our political leaders, and all those in positions of authority. The Greeks recognized two of the expressions of power, which we might simply call ‘good power’ and ‘bad power’. They believed that power in itself is not good or bad, any more than anger is good or bad. Yet its expression can be harmful or beneficial, damaging or appropriate.
Heroes and Empire Cycles
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One of the premises of “Breaking the Code of History” is that the very nature of the leaders and heroes that a nation produces is dependent on where that nation is on the curve of the five stages of empire. These leaders come in the many forms of political, military, spiritual, and peoples heroes, and is no surprise that one of Britain’s greatest Prime Ministers in the 21stcentury was the political hero Margaret Thatcher. She was the first Prime Minister with a modern science degree as an educational base. The evidenced based approach to problem solving.
After graduating, I became a seismologist with a company specialising in forming seismic cross-sections used in the search for oil deposits. The company had twenty crews at the time, stationed in sixteen countries across the globe, and I waited expectantly for news of my first posting. One night in October 1984, I was informed by telephone that I would be catching a plane the next day to join a new crew in the Sepik River Basin in Papua New Guinea, then, as now, one of the remotest jungle environments left in the world.
Never was this more apparent than with Winston Churchill. In every way he was a child of the British empire with his family placed right at the heart of the nation in an unbroken line back to his great great grandfather the first Duke of Mallbourgh. Born as John Churchill in 1650, he led the British army to a series of stunning victories at the start of the eighteenth century against French expansionary ambitions. Blenheim Palace was built by a grateful nation in commemoration and populated with images of bravery and victory that surrounded Winston as a boy.
At the conclusion of the Third Punic War that finally ended in 146BC with the total destruction of Carthage at the hands of a Roman Army, its leader Scipio Aemilianus and his friend Polybius the Greek historian friend were witnessing the carnage as the smoke and flames rose from the city to the terrible sounds of its dying inhabitants.