Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

February 8, 2015

Why is Dr. Frankenstien so embedded in the human consciousness?

 A man driven by ambition, grief, and a desire for irrational personal fulfillment. A genius who created a monster that would destroy him, his family, his love and finally everything he stood for. He created what he thought was a fantastic product that will do his bidding. But that was not to be so. The ‘product’ had a mind of its own. It asserted its autonomy. Uncompromisingly.

 When Russia enters Afghanistan, the American super mechanism kicks in — training and arming the local tribes. Creating incredible local capacity to fight the finest fighting force in the world, the Russians. Then a variety of factors lead the Russians to withdraw. The seeds of 9/11 are sown on the fertile soils of that subversive activity. Watered by numerous streams of propaganda and hate.

 Dr. Frankenstein will always leave behind a monster that will finally be too much for him. Indeed most of our problems today are embedded in unthought-through solutions of yesterday.

 A character assessing the dismay and self-destruction all around rhetorically asks, ‘what happened to the American dream?’ and another replies, ‘it came true!’

 From the psycho-biological point of view, our aspirations will exceed our ability to map the consequences of our aspirations when fulfilled. And yet it may be done. By deliberately bringing together various operating dimensions of our psyche to bear with self-restraint and reflection.

 Having engaged with the domain of emotional intelligence for a decade now, I am fairly certain of its usefulness. I believe that emotional intelligence is a significant predictor of the future and sustainable success. In so pursuing, it is our attempt to, starting this issue, spend the next 6 issues bringing at least one story on the relevance and meaning of emotional intelligence.

 A more emotionally intelligent bureaucracy, an emotionally intelligent police, government, politicians, business people, entrepreneurs — is a good place to begin. Indeed, balance and vitality in the intra-space may result in a more inclusive benign outer engagement.