Courtesy The Martin Lawrence Gallery and Robert Deyber
I have tried to be non-partisan here, directly blame no specific person. But you should be able to see how they apply to many leaders.
By Ken Carman
The phrase “the buck stops here” is similar to tropes like “the captain goes down with the ship.” Isn’t the captain sometimes the best person to lead the way to the boats so the passengers can abandon ship? Knows how many each can take safely? Knows the ways of the sea that might help passengers survive? Knows which way to row once ship has been abandoned more than many?
So the captain should commit suicide to punish himself? Climbing up on such a cross may seem
noble, but often the opposite of being responsible, of what would be best. Let society and personal conscience decide guilt after. That’s
“responsible.” Do what can help those around you instead.
So many truisms we take for granted really aren’t all that true, nor the best thing to do.
I understand the sentiment behind “the buck stops here,” but almost all the time “the buck” should stop in many places as well as the ‘captain.’ Whether you are head of a corporation or a country there are a lot of people who contributed to that decision, despite this metaphorical ball of… definitely rolls uphill. But look at what happened like a mass shooting at a church…
The minister doesn’t load the gun.
The minister doesn’t turn it on the masses.
The minister doesn’t spray the crowd with bullets.
The minister may lead his flock, been too tolerant oif someone perceived as dangerous to the group, or too stern, or too suggestive, but he doesn’t pull the trigger. Read more