"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
1 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature3 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of natureOther exogenous shocks such as acts of naturePeople being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be togetherThe items that are most important in making a great empire are…The War with Ourselves: The Enemy Is UsChapter 7: US-China Relations and Wars2020-10-18JournalNo alt text provided for this image \[1\] For example, though I always had and retained the ownership power to make decisions at Bridgewater autocratically, I chose not to use that power. Instead I created and operated an idea-meritocratic system (which I described in Principles). I also chose to be far more generous with the people I worked with than I had to be while maintaining extremely high standards because I knew that operating that way would produce the amazing relationships and outcomes that we experienced—far better than if I had used my “hard powers” more forcefully. So it’s important to remember that great relationships give one great powers and that they are wonderful rewards in and of themselves. There is nothing more powerful and rewarding for the individual and the collective than the cooperating of capable people who care for each other and who will give each other all they can. Continue reading…