Power, Responsibility


As if it were not humbling enough being, on my very best day, the fourth-smartest mammal in the house, I’ve got this blog and my loyal readers to remind me of my modest position in the universe.

If I were afraid of making mistakes, I’d never get anything done. Life and the practice of law, like walking upright, are continuous series of controlled falls that take me to interesting places to help people. Most of the mistakes a) are harmless; b) are easily corrected; and c) lead (by successive approximations) to a good result:I do a good job for my clients not despite my errors but because of them.

This blog, however, is a little different. For whatever reason, it has become ludicrously powerful (for what it is). When I get something wrong here, it can hurt people in the real world and (thanks to Google’s caching) the damage might not be easily fixed despite my best efforts.

This ain’t exactly journalism (surely you realize that), but the journalists have been dealing with this issue for as long as there has been journalism. I’m still working on how best to deal with it here.


0 responses to “Power, Responsibility”

  1. The beauty of the blog is that, unlike traditional media, you can fix your mistakes later on. You just go back and edit, and if need be, but an explanatory note.

    While that might not fix all the damage that was done, it can sure fix a good deal.

  2. 1) Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Further he has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. (Abraham Lincoln)

    2) I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. (Luther King, Jr.)

    3)“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.” (Aristotle)

    4) “Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t” (Oskar Shindler)

    5) “Use whatever power you have that can adversely affect other people’s lives, only in a manner that gives people the benefit of the doubt and includes a dab of informal confrontation, and semblance of Due Process”. (Lexxor)

    Mark you are best when you’re are taking up the sword and shield of Justice to right a wrong for a weaker person; Or, when you knock the bully into the dirt with tart quipped daggers that justly hit their target. Things can get a little fuzzy, however, when it appears a “target” is simply getting spanked for a violation of courthouse etiquette. Or you are personally upset with someone in a general sense. Bottom Line: To even post this question on your own Blog shows your heart is in the right place in checking yourself. You’re a good man Charlie Brown. Sleep well. I know your heart is in the right place.

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