The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

The illusion of progress

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Attributed to Petronius:

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up in teams, we would be re-organised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by re-organising . . . and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralisation.

Lessons for churches here?

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 2 February 2011 at 18:33

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  1. It’s a good quote, but sadly seems not to be by Petronius (or, possibly, any other author from classical times) – see https://umdrive.memphis.edu/mhooker/psn_articles.html#another_petronian_forgery.

    Robert Strivens

    Robert Strivens

    Thursday 3 February 2011 at 16:04

    • Doh! My secret discovered: I was trying to be honest by using the merest attribution, knowing that some smart al. . . learned friend might pick me up on this. A bit grievous, wouldn’t you say, considering that most things sound better, or at least more portentous and resonant, in Latin, that this probably has its origin in the 20th century? Thank you for exposing my shame.

      Jeremy Walker

      Thursday 3 February 2011 at 22:36


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