Some perspective

This quote from Henry Kissinger (who would know), which I came across only this morning, will probably inform my opinions of the “best and brightest” for quite a while.

“High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.”


3 Responses to “Some perspective”

  1. pelee Says:

    Was this in a negative context? Meaning, was he simply asserting this or was it a criticism of the nature of our representative/trustee government?

  2. aljamieson Says:

    What I like about this quote is that it is self-sufficient. I don’t think it is criticism at all, simply a recitation of what I will, in the future, assume to a truism, applicable to representative government as well as dictatorships and everything in between.

    I am very taken by the phrase “consumes intellectual capital”

  3. aljamieson Says:

    and, by the way, not just government, but any “high office”

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