The resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus came five days after Newsweek published an article titled “General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living,” comprising of 12 “lessons on leadership” from the decorated general. In retrospect, number five seems particularly relevant:
We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.
Elsewhere in Slate, David Haglund takes a look at an anonymous letter to the New York Times’ “The Ethicist” column titled “My Wife’s Lover” that was published in July and describes circumstances that sound very familiar now.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.