Monday, June 22, 2009

Fatherhood and leadership

Some important leaders of the last hundred years who lost their fathers in adolescence or earlier include:

Hitler, A.
Stalin, J.
Hussein, S
Clinton, W. J.
Obama, B. H.

In a related essay, Dr. Helen Smith, a Knoxville forensic psychologist, writes:

I can’t help but wonder if this psychological dynamic of a lack of father figures is good for the country or if it simply gives these men and women a larger stage to act out their inner-most demons.

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