Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Who Will Emerge a True Leader?

While arguably this past legislative session has set new lows for disgraceful representation, the rightful question and focus should be, did any legislator emerge from the pack to display genuine and authentic leadership -- or did they all think bullying, intimidation, manipulation and deception, is all there is to it?

If leadership were simply a matter of strong-arming nickels and dimes from everyone on the playground, then the most ruthless among us, would become our leaders -- except when they have to distinguish themselves among their peers -- in ways beyond mere seniority. Leadership by seniority -- obviously has no merit, and always leads to merely preserving the status quo by which the least able, are allowed to maintain their positions of status -- for as long as they live.

The challenge of change comes a little faster than that convenient schedule for change. Perhaps the greatest breakthrough of this past session, was being able to witness the obstinance to the will of the people in so many different media and manner -- that in the past, were limited by the lack of this accessibility. In the world of the Internet, public access television, and better communications, many more witness what is going on -- without the intermediation of self-designated propagandists for the political correctness.

So while things do get worse before they get better, when they get so bad, it has to create its own solution, or human civilization would devolve rather than progress -- despite what the most regressive might call themselves. Of course they’re not going to call themselves “Demagogues.” They are far more likely to call themselves “Democrats, while imposing their totalitarian will on the masses. The Nazis called themselves “Democrats” too -- not to mention, “Socialists.”

But that all gets rewritten and edited out, and thus we become vulnerable to the next group proclaiming themselves “socialist and democrats” as the wonderful future of humankind with themselves doing the thinking for everybody else -- always with the same disastrous results.

It always begins in the same way -- of the Leaders overriding the will of the people. But this time it’s different because awareness is much greater -- which creates the context for which every human action derives meaning and purpose -- otherwise, it is just arbitrary, that the truth is whatever those in authority tell us it is, and demand we believe.

In the land of the ignorant, the teacher is king; in the land of the wise, there is no need for teachers. In the land of the criminal, the lawyer is king; in the land of the just, there is no need for lawyers. In the land of the oppressed, the leader is king; in the land of the free, there is no need for leaders.

So we should ask ourselves, do we really need leaders like this?

2 Comments:

At May 03, 2007 5:54 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

It is far easier for leaders to emerge against a crowd than from the crowd. Those in a crowd, are far more likely to be "followers" than "leaders." Leaders are those rare people who can stand alone -- and that's what makes them leaders, ahead of their times, and the crowd.

Leadership and character are forged by the difficult path -- and not the easy one of just going along, doing dutifully what one is told to do -- thinking that such duty is what makes one a leader. It doesn't; it reinforces their obedience that they will probably never realize, since they will never know anything else.

So all this talk about majorities, and electability, has very little to do with real leadership. It may be the "leadership" that the media portrays of those who do best to suck up to them. Undeniably, that is one world many people inhabit -- but it's not the best of worlds, or the only world.

Time magazine is releasing their issue that lists the most influential people in the world as the entertainers of popular culture -- rather than politicians. Of all the choices they could have made, they managed to choose those who are even less influential and consequential -- as the important people on the planet.

 
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