The Rape of Lucrece

Saturday 14 October 2006 @ 3:52 pm

In my office I keep a book case full various small objects, each item representing a significant life lesson. These objects range all the way from a brick from NYC (one of the few times in my life that I have gotten scammed), a golf ball from one of our first big orders in Cyclone Trading, to a piece of the Berlin wall

These items are not of any great financial worth, but to me each item is invaluable as they represent an experience that could not be traded . They are in essence the items which have defined me both for positive and for negative in my business life.

This week was a significant week in that I added several items to the shelf. As I do the I reflect on the following quote from Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece comes to mind.

“What win I, if I gain the think I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.
Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?
Or sells eternity to get a toy?
For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy?
Or what fond beggar, but to touch the crown.
Would with the scepter straight be strucken down?”

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Rich Christiansen