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"Why are you such a jerk?"

Note - title changed from I saw an angel in the marble...

I saw an angel in the marble
and I chiseled until
I set it free

                    - Michelangelo

I picked up a book at a used bookstore the other day. Looking at a couple of the threads that appeared here between last night and this morning, it seems apropos to introduce it. The title is:

The Question Behind the Question.
What to Really Ask Yourself
Eliminate Blame, Complaining and Procrastination.

I think this is something that we can all use help in - and I include myself in that statement. While you can't judge a book by its cover, I judged this one by a quick browse. It is short and direct, and I think it will be helpful to me. It might be helpful to you, too.

BTW, the quote up top is the inscription that opens the book. I think we all have inner angels, struggling to be set free.

More on the book:

The lack of personal accountability has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization-or individual-can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.

The solution involves an entirely new approach. We can no longer ask, "Who dropped the ball?" "Why can't they do their work properly?" or "Why do we have to go through all these changes?" Instead, every individual has to ask the question behind the question: "How can I improve this situation?" "What can I contribute?" or "How can I make a difference?"

Succinct, insightful, and practical, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change.

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The question behind the question

Why did Michaelangelo see an angel?

An alternative version, just for fun:

"I saw a naked woman in the marble.
But I was paid to make an angel.
So I stared, and I stared, until I saw an angel.
And then I chiseled until I was free of this job."

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

I saw an angel in the marble...

yeah yer pretty screwed now.

Stupid effing angel.


Most of those who think so actually don't and most people who think sew actually rip.

Please, out of respect, remain silent. Boots on the ground.

Obama Care Prelude, F minor.

THE CHIMES - Mr. Punch. "NOW THEN, MY LADS! ALL TOGETHER FOR ONCE!" The chimes must be played w/o a jerk! Steady lads. Steady...

"The Voice of Time cries to Man, Advance! Time is for his advancement and improvement; for his greater worth, his greater happiness, his better life; his progress onward to that goal within its knowledge and its view, and set there in the period when Time and he began. Ages of darkness, wickedness, and violence have come and gone—millions uncountable have suffered, loved, and died—to point the way before him. Who seeks to turn him back, or stay him in his course, arrests a mighty engine which will strike the meddler dead, and be the fiercer and the wilder, ever, for its momentary check!"

"A rub for the reactionaries!" mused Toby.

"Who puts into the mouth of Time, or of its servants, a cry of lamentation for days which have had their trial and their failure, and have left deep traces of it which the blind may see—a cry that only serves the present time, by showing men how much it needs their help when any ears can listen to regrets for such a past—who does this does us wrong."

"A flout for our Fair-Traders!" thought Toby

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


and delicious.

It's natural. so I get lots of practice.

To rise above nature and free the mind, that's a clhallenge.

Free includes debt-free!

If Michaelangelo had seen a devil in the marble,

do you think he would have set him free as well?

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

A review of Michelangelo's work might answer that question.

An angel is a messenger. The devil is a deceiver.

In Tolkien's tales, Sauron was Lord of Phantoms and Deceits.

I wonder how one portrays deceptions in a painting or sculpture?

Free includes debt-free!

I wasn't talking about Michaelangelo specifically

I was talking about the artistic drive to create.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

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If an artist is true to himself, he might

But then again, he might not.

If an artist did see a devil, what would he create?


Free includes debt-free!

This changes everything. In

This changes everything. In the next three days I predict we will see some fun with thread titles. You don't know what you guys just started.

personal accountability

Very important especially when coupled with treating others the way you want to be treated.

Unfortunately the anonymity of the Internet has reduced personal accountability to endangered species status.

It's all about character...what is within.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

It's reality, fuck it , it's everything but me...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Taking blinders off

is a difficult challenge for some, especially in a world full of distortion and confusion. Once the blinders are off, a whole new world is seen. It may be better, it may be worse, but it least it is the truth.

Though, truth can be subjective.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Michael Nystrom's picture

This post probably needs a better title

Titles are important for attracting attention on the DP...

I saw an angel in the marble... sounds too much like poetry. Hey - I've got a good one I'm going to try.

The real question is: Why does everyone think you are a jerk?

I've noticed as well this tendency of people to ask the wrong question.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.


It worked. Well on me anyway. :-p

good change - effective

I wonder too, how many will experience the subtle Freudian flip I made upon reading the new title. For some odd reason my mind rearranged it as "Why you are such a jerk!" - I laughed. Then I saw it correctly - I laughed again... double whammy! :D

A Freudian slip? Isn't that when you say one thing...

when you meant your mother?

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Michael Nystrom's picture


And as predicted... the change in title yields a lot more action on this thread.

Thank you...

Thank you for the important message Sir.

Unconstitutional War - "The story you are about to hear is true; the names and places are being changed to protect the guilty."