The picture of the mogul in the Business Section is a classic. The 80 year old man heading a vast business empire has a flaccid pouch of skin drooping from his chin like a Foster Farm chicken. His puffy face is an unsettling tapestry of pale-white and rash-red. It looks like an instructional slide from a cut-rate mortician school, where the student whose work is on display is obviously still trying to master the art of embalming.
The high-powered world of global com
But it’s the eyes that really grab your attention. They’re still fierce and penetrating, the look of an alpha-male warrior in the high-finance jungle. The piercing gaze screams you can submit
As you read through the story you see the usual litany of confusion and
But just when you’re expecting more sordid details, maybe so
Well, this is a show stopper. Given everything you just read it makes no sense. Looking at those eyes, these senti
But then you think about the other titans of industry, the Carnegies, the Mellons, the Vanderbilts, and ponder what they did in their later years. Mostly compassionate things like establishing universal libraries, charitable foundations, and public trusts. All done completely voluntarily, with no prodding from the demands of business for profit. In fact, they were done in spite of profit.
Eventually most people figure it out, if their heart hasn’t given out yet, literally or figuratively. Outside of genuine love for other people, the rest of the things in life are largely
The end of the article in the business section fills
I’m rooting for the man. He’s The Little Mogul That Could.
Thomas Sullivan is the author of You Can’t Paint Chainlink: True Tales From A Beautifully Flawed World which is available at lulu.com. His writing has recently appeared in the webzines EleventhTransmission, GrumbleMagazine, Rumpot Magazine, Backhand Stories, Burst, Admit2, and The Externalist.
Photo by Adam Lawrence.
Jared Mees is the co-founder of Tender Loving Empire a gallery/store/record label in Portland. His second album, Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money, was released on October 7th.