Long-term, if you’re really trying to get the most out of people, you got to build people up not tear them down. And I think that’s something that I learned about not just myself but other people. That you’re really trying to get inside someone’s heart and soul and bind them to what it is you together are trying to accomplish.
—On NPR’s TED Radio Hour, four-star general Stanley McChrystal considers the intricacies and essential humanity of great leadership. David Foster Wallace captured this best when he wrote, “A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.” (via explore-blog)
Hand-built tent in Dartmoor National Park, Devon UK.
Contributed by Nick Viney.
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
—Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro
The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together
A poetic homage to holometabolism, the process by which a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly, part of biologist Joanna Tilsley’s wonderful “quantum poetry” series celebrating science.