Magazine Article | January 1, 2017

Risks And Rewards Of Repeal And Replace

By John McManus, president and founder, The McManus Group

“Why do you speak ever of hiding and destroying? Why should we not think that the Great Ring has come into our hands to serve us in the very hour of need? ... Let the Ring be your weapon, if it has the power you say. Take it and go forth to victory!”
— Boromir, The Fellowship of the Ring

There is a pivotal scene in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy where the Council of Elrond is debating what to do with the Great Ring of power. Boromir suggests using the power of the ring for good but is rightfully admonished by the rest of the council that it is too powerful to wield and must be destroyed in the fiery chasm of Mt. Doom from whence it was forged. The remainder of the great saga tracks Frodo’s efforts to journey to Mordor and destroy the ring once and for all so it can never be used for evil.

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