3 Oct 2008

A king who’s lost his kingdom

Posted by jofr

Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” is a short story about a king who’s lost his kingdom. What’s a king without a kingdom? Nothing. Maybe that’s the reason why managers, presidents and directors cling so much to their position. They would not step back even if they are no longer needed: they would feel like a king who has lost his kingdom. They would be no longer something. In Coldplay’s words:

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
“Now the old king is dead, long live the king”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

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