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NEW COTO DE CAZA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SALVATOR OR CONSERVATOR?

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE VARO/MEZGER EMPIRE

June 08, 2006  

Yocham, Zipperman, you just won a seat on the Coto de Caza Board of Directors, what are you going to do now? In his book Values in a Time of Upheaval, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger asserts that a fundamental orientation in the modern conception of politics and life in general are two different visions of the political task: transformation or the preservation of its (the world’s) order.  He goes on to describe a static vision of preservation using the Chinese understanding of the Universe:  “The Tao is both a cosmic and an ethical law.  It guarantees the harmony between heaven and earth and, thus, also harmony in political and social life.  Disorder, the disturbance of peace, and chaos arise when people resist the Tao”. 1

Similarly, the Indian concept of dharma (Buddhism) declares “..the entire world is a cycle of suffering; salvation is not to be sought in the cosmos but by departing from it”.

The Roman Empire sought to preserve the ordered structure against all dangers from within and without, because it embodied a sphere of peace and law, in which it was possible for people to live in security and dignity.  Ratzinger then asserts that in the visions of the Tao and the dharma, the idea of “history” is absent.  By taking history into account, a new vision emerges. “This vision belongs to the oppressed, who are on the lookout for a turning point in history and cannot have any desire for the preservation of the status quo”.  Thus, the inclusion of the historical element is a fundamental element that needs to be taken into account, and the "turning point of history is not the work of political or military activity, for the quite simple reason that the human forces necessary for the task do not exist"1

hus, as opposed to the concepts of dharma and the Tao,

At this point we are reminded of the warning issued by Niccolo Machiavelli

"It must be remembered that there is nothing

 more difficult to plan, more doubtful of

success, more dangerous to manage, than the

 creation of a new system.  For the initiator has

 the enmity of all who would profit by the

preservation of the old institutions and merely

 lukewarm defenders in those who would gain

by the new ones.

Now, a force field analysis (see fig 1. for summary)  of the CZ Master Association situation clearly shows what Yocham and Zipperman are up against:   Will the newcomers be conservators or will the be salvators?  Will they place personal agendas over public safety?  What about accountability (blaming mishaps on missing tickler files, for example) and transparency (a-la-Mezger’s free trees)? Will this be the end of the Varo/Mezger Empire?

 

 

Fig. 1 Challenges faced by Yocham and Zipperman:  Can you beat them, or will you join them?

 

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References

1.  Ratzinger, J., 2006, Values in a Time of Upheaval, The Crossroads Publishing Company

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