While I’m not thrilled with the results of yesterday’s election–and wouldn’t have been, no matter how it turned out–I’m glad it’s over. All the lawn posters get on my nerves; and also, I’m not overly fond of suspense. That’s one reason why I enjoy books more the second time through—after I already know everything that will happen. (Yes, I’ve been told that doesn’t make sense.)
That pattern definitely holds true for C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series. I tend to read it once a year, and I enjoy it far more now than I did as a child (much as I enjoyed several of the books then). Since most of us are tired of all the campaigning, I thought that I would write this week’s post on something a little lighter—tips for leadership, Narnia-style.
- Carry a sword. It looks good, and anyway, you never know when you may need to kill a rampaging wolf. For maximum satisfaction, name your sword and hire a dwarvish smith to inscribe prophecies on the blade.
- Hunting without weapons is a wonderful leaderly pastime. It also entails the risk of being shipped back to World War II.
- Be suspicious of your family members. If your brother stares at hills in the distance—if your uncle seems grumpy—if your sister puts on too much make-up—be very, very careful.
- Leave your game pieces lying around. It could help you save your country in a few hundred years.
- If you want to have a good political philosophy—base it on fairy tales.
- It is all right to leave your country for months at a time. Just as long as you are fulfilling an oath to find men you’ve never seen in your life.
- But it is not all right to sail off the edge of the earth. Your countrymen might miss you (eventually).
- Do not let your children go snake hunting. They might spend the next ten years of their lives clanking around in black armor, plotting to overthrow you.
- Driving a hansom cab around London is a good preparation for your political career. Particularly if you learn farming first.
- Avoid being turned into a donkey—it’s bad for public relations.