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Very interesting typo, I agree. I guess my brain wanted to complete the word automatically. Once, I was dubbing some medical lectures into Italian. I had done several hours with the headsets in this tight booth and kept going with the script and timing the talking with that of the speaker I was dubbing. Out of the blue, I was supposed to say "fortune" and I ended up blurting "profume". I have no idea where it came from, I guess it was filed next to the other word in my brain.

I'm going back to fix it. Thank you for pointing out the significance of the word. I'm a linguist, I love words. Duh!

Your post prompted me to go back and re-read several chapters in the Carse book. I noticed that you'd used "horizontal" rather than "horizonal" in the excerpt above. This may represent a typographical error, but I wanted to point it out, because I think the single letter ("t") represents an important distinction between Carse's definitions of society (which has boundaries, and is thus a finite game) and culture (which has [only] horizons, and is thus an infinite game).

In Chapter 45, he writes:

"One never reaches a horizon. It is not a line; it has no place; it encloses no field; its location is always relative to the view. To move toward a horizon is simply to have a new horizon. One can therefore never be close to one's horizon, though one may certainly have a short range of vision, a narrow horizon. ... Who lives horizonally is never somewhere, but always in passage."

Thanks again for reminding me of Carse's infinitely unfolding wisdom.


These are well worn, too. I find well written books on leadership and organization development relaxing compared to many marketing books filled with "how to" stuff. My brain needs inspiration and insights more than practical instructions more often than it used to. Maybe it's because we're getting so much of that every day. It's a way to step back and ask the why questions. Which is, by the way, how I choose which books get reviewed. If I find I ask a lot of why questions, think about it deeply, then I figure it would be helpful to the community. Plus, I like to uncover gems not talked about by everyone. Thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

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