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Shen - About David Travis

Most important thing - I never meant him to be likeable.

I meant him to be dynamic, type A (probably an Aries or Leo, but I'm not the sort of author who creates character biographies, so I couldn't tell you!) Probably I wanted to explore the mixed feelings I have for people like him.

Because some of the best (and worst) leaders are like David -- they know what they want, they go get it, and we might not always be thrilled about their methods. They aren't often good family men; I was thinking of Nelson Mandela when I wrote that sentence. He was quite frank in his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom". He knew he had to make a choice between the cause of freedom and being a good husband/father.

And you know, I struggle to know what to say about those choices. Families need time and attention, but so do things that are larger than family. We could try and prevent the Nelson Mandela types from having families, but maybe it's a good idea if they reproduce, in case any of their good qualities can be inherited.

Anyway, if you're interested in meeting David, Shen chapter two is the next entry.

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