Friday, 15 September 2017

Vasili Arkhipov: A great (unknown) leader

I learnt a new name in history the other day. Until a couple of days ago I had never heard of him.

Vasili Arkhipov was a Soviet Navy officer and to put it simply he said no to a nuclear strike on the United States of America and effectively saved the world. I don't know why I have never heard of him.

The most interesting part about my discovery of this man is the character of the man. Apparently he was a shy and humble man. His wife said that he was intelligent, polite and a calm man.

Isn't that interesting?

In 2017 we see these arsehole men (and it is usually men right?) who want to run their mouths at each other and declare the enemy has been the worst just to justify them dropping a bomb which will kill millions of innocent people.

Where are the people like Vasili Arkhipov in this world?

Where are the voices of reasons?

Why do we continue to be seduced by the people who bullshit the best?

Why can't we be led by people who are quieter?

Why do we need to have someone who is a showman to lead us?

Introverts make the best leaders. They just don't tell you every five minutes.

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