"Granting that the White Whale fully incites the hearts of this my savage crew, and playing round their savageness even breeds a certain generous knight-errantism in them, still, while for the love of it they give chase to Moby Dick, they must also have food for their more common, daily appetites. "
Study: Of all the lines about leadership I've read in Moby-Dick, lately, this one scared me the most. Terrible leaders are always focused on themselves and how they appear as leaders. Harmful leaders look to manipulate those under their power for their own end game. As Ahab thinks how best to capture his fixation, Moby-Dick, so -rump must find a way to manipulate his base until his evil wall magically appears. Hence the shutdown. Frightening times indeed.