"Meanwhile, so long as we draw breath, so long as we live among people, let us cultivate our humanity." - Seneca
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of New York, dropped by my Dumpster for a Tutorial. "Phil," he said, "I succeeded in business and am I fine Mayor, as you well know. Now, I could become one the world's greatest philanthropists, or maybe President of the United States. In your professional judgment, how can I best project myself on a world-historical stage?"
That was Michael's question. My question to Gifhtub readers is, "What is the discipline we practice in aswering such queries?"
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As my opening gambit, hoping to snag my first paying client, I offered Bloomberg a coffee and beer stained volume of Seneca; he thumbed it briefly, tossed it back in the Dumpster, and re-entered his limo. "Drive on!, he shouted to his chauffeur. Once again, my work as Morals Tutor to America's Wealthiest Families comes to nothing. Next time, I may try the non-directive therapy routine: "How long have you felt this need to project your greatness on a world-historical stage? I see. Tell about your relationship with your mother...."