Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pope Francis: "Don't Be Afraid of Looking Like ‘Communists’"

...The Pope also proposed essential and direct questions, in the style of the examination of conscience: "Where is your brother in your heart? Is there room for these people in our hearts? Or we talk, yes, of people, let's take a little conscience giving alms, but do not disturb too much, please, because with these social things from the Church it ends up looking like a communist party and this hurts us. All right, but the Lord said it: where is your brother? It is not the party, it is the Lord "....
l'Osservatore Romano, 18Feb2019

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Saint Pope John-Paul II did not immediately comment.

This [of course] reminded me of something, yesterday's FT article by Ms Kaminska on titles which begins:
Companies need fewer mystics and more critical thinkers
Long-winded, self-aggrandising titles aimed at remunerating employees with status rather than pay are hardly a new thing.

We’ve all been exposed to the occasional “Global Head of Personal and Corporate Sales & Co-head and President of Execution Services, Emea, Asean & UK; Chair of the Steering Committee for Services, Sales and Executions, BSC, MSC, MBA, GSCE(s)” and thought to ourselves: what on earth is that? But something new is happening in the world of title inflation. Where preposterous titles in the past concentrated on over-defining job roles in excruciating detail, today’s vogue is for exactly the opposite. The more ambiguous, meaningless and mystical, the better.

Some might suggest the trend reflects an increasingly edgy and innovative corporate sector that welcomes young people and freethinkers, especially in the executive class. But I would argue it hints at something more worrying: a lack of corporate understanding about what a company’s purpose in society and the marketplace really is these days....
I had linked via her tweet with the emphasis on her very, very drily referring to the Romanov's enterprises as "a well known family office".
In the words of Larry the Cable Guy: I don't care who your are, that's funny right there.

There's also a second level of insight, more directly related to the topic of titles (but still off-topic from her "Mystics and Madmen in the Valley of Silicon" focus) which are the titles of the Tsar of Russia.

From a 2017 post:
.....Egg Decorating: There's Top 1% Rich and then There's Autocrat of All the Russias Rich*

*The number of titles is borderline ridiculous:
"By the Grace of God, We, NN, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod; Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, Tsar of Poland, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Chersonese Taurian, Tsar of Georgia; Lord of Pskov and Grand Prince of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, Finland; Prince of Estland,....."
It goes on and on listing the territories and actually ends with:
"...hereditary Sovereign and ruler of the Circassian and Mountainous Princes and of others; Lord of Turkestan; Heir of Norway; Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, and Oldenburg, and others, and others, and others."
That's a title.
And so is St. Pope J-P the deuce....

And John-Paul II didn't work to bring down the communist empire just so some Papal punk could airbrush why you really don't want to go there, or even give the appearance of going there.
Frankie boy would do well to keep in mind the ultimate opinion on John-Paul I's election to Pope.
The result was vetoed after 33 days.

And speaking of titles in Russia, there was the guy the Marc Rich metals trader was told he had to bribe to get $10 mil worth of copper cathodes sailing off to Shanghai from the port of Vladivostok.
The guy's business cards say he is the Chief Head.
I think in Italo-American that would be something like Capo dei capi.